Awards & Engraving

February '20

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A s a decorating method, sandcarving continues to be popular for a variety of substrates and projects. From corporate glass and crystal awards to personalized stainless-steel tumblers, there are very few limitations that apply to sandcarving. Whether you're a beginner to the game or a seasoned veteran, the following Q&A session will lend a hand to your knowledge. Sandcarving Q&A with industry experts You Have Questions? 50 a-e-mag.com • A&E FEBRUARY 2020 What makes sandcarving a desirable deco- ration technique? "A sandcarved item presents a higher perceived value due to the depth of the etching. Higher perceived value means higher profits. Sandcarving is small invest- ment that provides a wide product range of multiple materials." —Liz Haas, Rayzist "Sandcarving provides a deeper etch than other methods like lasering and liquid (acid) etching. It allows you to replicate your cus- tomer's artwork in more detail and accents the beauty of a crystal award. Sandcarving gives the finished award a more polished and sophisticated look that any end user would appreciate." —Jen Jezierski, Crystal D "You can achieve a desired depth, cre- ating a 3-dimensional look with a smooth finish and fine detail on any grade of glass or crystal. With certain substrates, sandcarving achieves a higher perceived value versus the alternative decoration technique of lasering, which can fracture the image, causing rough- cut etchings." —Mikaela Hernesman and Darin Jones, IKONICS Imaging How does sandcarving complement other decoration technologies such as laser engraving or even sublimation? "There are typically preferred methods to use for decorating certain substrates to achieve an optimal look. You can create a 3-D look when etching acrylic and glass, but it is more ideal to use the lasering tech- Sandcarved items carry a high-perceived value, which means higher profits. IMAGE COURTESY CRYSTAL D

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