Awards & Engraving

February '17

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44 • A&E FEBRUARY 2017 Project 1: Commemorative Award Submitted By: Wren George Business Name: WrenSong Creations, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin Equipment Used: AccuArt 3, Rapid Mask High Detail and High Tack from IKONICS Imaging; Letra Light Exposure System from IKONICS Imaging; Glass Passer blasting cabinet with pressure pot and vacuum unit from Etchmaster; Ioline plotter for cutting 4 ml; Flexisign vec- torizing software; Venture Tape 4 ml vinyl sandblast resist from 3M; 180 grit silicon carbide abrasive; Photoshop Project Details: "The Commemorative Award (was) specifically a retirement gift. The overall size is 11 1/2 inches wide by 13 1/2 inches high by 4 inches deep. The two glass panes used are 8 inches wide by 10 inches high, as is the photograph. The frame is a shadow box style made of New Zealand pine and finished a gunboat gray with a silver accent stripe inside the frame. It is intended to stand on a table or shelf, easing access to a power outlet. Installed along the top and behind the frame's face is a section of LED strip lighting." Techniques Employed: "Wanting to give a different twist to the idea of depth, the frame was designed and built with three grooves. In the face is a piece of 1/8- inch low iron oxide glass. The center is made of 1/4- inch crystal clear glass, all the iron oxides removed. The back is again a 1/8-inch wide groove to hold the background photograph and its supporting backboard. The center 1/4-inch glass carries all the etching. "There are two photographs, taken approximately 20 years apart, etched on diagonal corners and on opposite sides of the glass using Rapid Mask High Detail for the stencil. Both pictures were cleaned up and adjusted in Photoshop. On the front of the glass is etched a short poem, cut from 4 ml resist, and on the back is etched the appropriate emblem, title, pertinent dates, and the name of the recipient, etched using Rapid Mask High Tack. "I look at this project as having several phases. Phase 1) Ten or 12 weeks was spent just getting ideas sorted and information collected. Phase 2) The frame was the most time consumptive: five weeks for the actual making and shaping, the finishing, and finally the wiring. Phase 3) The glass went fairly smoothly, even with the minor glitches I ran into; three days to prep all the designs into stencils and finally get to the etching stage. "I chose to set and etch each component individually, requiring four trips through the cabinet and risking damage to the glass, which did occur—the one you see is the third attempt. The frame did require a new approach from conventional frames or LED options available. I wanted the light to come from above, and getting the positioning of the LED lights to illuminate through the etched piece of glass while still lighting the background without glare was a bit tricky." Purpose of Project: "The recipient of this project is also the subject, a friend of 40 years, and an accomplished artist that hap- pened to have the photos readily available of the beginning and end of a major life accomplishment, and the time and generosity to help with the details, in particular the correct titles and accuracy of the emblem." Takeaway Tips: "Washing the glass with soap and water before entering the room was a huge help, then a rinse with sprayed on The Art of Sandcarving S andcarving has become not only a unique way to customize awards, but a beautiful way to enhance art-style products and gifts. From glass to stone and more, many users are applying sandcarving in a variety of ways. A&E took a look at some of the neat sandcarving projects from around the industry. Following, just a few of them are featured. IMAGE COURTESY WREN GEORGE Sandcarving projects from around the industry

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