Awards & Engraving

October '16

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52 • A&E OCTOBER 2016 ETCH MASTERS means exact. This gavel was made by Val St. Lambert of Belgium for Tiffany's—a hand-made crystal gavel of very high quality. Attempting to blast away the existing monogram, I needed to make sure that the applied resist would create a round, etched area. As suspected, the round shape was not a perfect circle. To make sure that the resist would follow the shape of the glass, we traced the round shape on a piece of paper to establish its curva- ture. After importing the traced shape into the computer, we were able to cut a resist stencil to mimic the original shape. The next step was applying the stencil cutout to the glass and then covering the remainder of the gavel really well. Usually I do not use a lot of material to cover an object, but since I had no replacement and wanted to be absolutely certain not to get any over-blasting anywhere, we actually "mummified" the gavel. (I can hear my students snickering right now—the teacher who always makes fun of the mummy makers is making one herself!) I used a couple of strips of our rubber resist material and wrapped the gavel end with it to hopefully appease Mr. Murphy. Next, I applied the new text to the other round face of the gavel, which was made from a photoresist. Since we had created registration marks on the photoresist, I had to make sure to tape those off in order to not end up with blasted marks on the gavel rim. Adding several layers of cling wrap to the handle and some extra tape, my "mummy" was complete and ready to blast. In the meantime, we had also prepared the other gavel, which was a much easier job. This item did not have any previous dedi- cation or personalization applied to it. It was a nice crystal gavel made by Lucien Piccard from Switzerland. I was somewhat sur- prised to see this item made by this company since they are primarily known for watches. Even though it seemed like a straight-forward job, it was actually quite a challenge to place the name on the handle. What seemed like a perfectly flat area actually had a small ariss/bevel to the flat, which, because of all the faceting around the handle, made it dif- ficult to see where to place the stencil. I finally marked the edge of The photoresist stencil with the new name applied to the still unblasted side. The completed "mummy" of the gavel. Wrapping the gavel head with additional strips of soft rubber resist for ultimate protection. After initial blasting, the "S" is disappearing a little quicker than the "J" and "B".

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