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6 8 G R A P H I C S P R O • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z A T I O N O ne of the most fun aspects of work- ing with your laser is glass and crys- tal embellishment. I use the term embel- lishment because you are not restricted to engraving only. ere are a host of items available in glass that your customers might choose from. Of course, the majority of items will involve barware. Glasses of all shapes and sizes, tumblers, mugs, decanters… if peo- ple can drink or pour from it, people want it personalized somehow. And personalized gifts aren't the only thing you can do. Corporate and college awards, as well as recognition pieces, are all options for your customers. ere are plenty of choices open to you in blank- ware. Have you ever thought of engrav- ing a full wine bottle or a mirror? Both are possible. (e recipient of an embel- lished wine bottle also has the benefit of drinking the contents, then converting the empty bottle into a lamp or other kind of home décor item.) Engraving embellishments Of course, certain hardware is required if you intend to engrave a typical round Having a consistent routine minimizes the chances for a mistake John Morman is the owner of Celtic Tides in Lexington, Virginia. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have been running the shop since 2005. John started laser engraving in 2003. EMBELLISHING B Y J O H N M O R M A N By engraving a reversed image into the silvered side of the mirror, I could produce a crisp image. (Images courtesy of John Morman) GLASS GLASS

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