Awards & Engraving

August '19

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A&E AUGUST 2019 • 61 Sandcarving MEASURING AND MARKING Many times when working on award blanks, we have to deal with odd shapes that have sharp angles and such, which make the tape-hinge method a bit more difficult to use. In these cases, we resort to measuring the placement of the stencil and mark the stencil itself accordingly. Luckily there is usually at least one straight edge on an award blank — the bottom edge. It is usually the shortest side of an award blank. I use this side to establish the middle by marking the middle with a felt tip pen. If the blank has a sharp tip, you can connect the bottom center point with the tip on top to establish the vertical center line; draw it onto the glass with a marker. If no tip is available, I use an equilateral triangle to draw the vertical from the center point at the bottom. When doing the layout for the stencil on the computer, we include registration marks for the bottom and the top center. Once the stencil is made, I use the felt tip marker again to draw the center line directly onto the stencil. When you are ready to place the stencil onto the glass, match the center lines up. In order to see that, the stencil has to be a little smaller than the glass piece so the lines can match at the top and bottom. I tape the stencil to the glass at the top, lift it up at the bottom, peel back the release paper a bit, and cut it off to expose the adhesive, and then attach this small portion of the stencil to the glass, making sure it lines up with the center line. Once that is done, the tape can be removed, the stencil folded up, the release paper completely removed, and the stencil squeegeed onto the glass. You can, of course, also mark a hori- zontal text line to use as your registration mark. Again, use whatever works best for you or the situation at hand. These are the options for flat award blanks. ODD-SHAPE TECHNIQUES Often we have to work on odd-shaped glassware that presents its own can of worms when it comes to registration. Not only is the item to be etched not flat, but in most cases, it also does not have straight lines. We learned fast that certain drinkware glass shapes are not our friends. In this category, we find hurricane glasses, brandy snifters, and champagne flutes, just to name a few. These glasses are not just round in one direction but also taper in the vertical direction, getting narrow and then wide. If there are only names and a date to blast, we can usually find a spot on the glass just straight enough to apply the stencil without major problems. In those cases, mark the glass for the placement of the stencil. This can be accomplished by Vertical alignment marked on the stencil and the glass. The backing paper is cut back at the bottom to attach the stencil in the desired position. The stencil is aligned and applied along the vertical markers. This example uses a horizontal text line to mark the stencil position. The stencil applied using the horizontal marked lines.

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