Engraving Glass, Crystal & Plaques

How are awards, plaques and gifts engraved?

Engraving glass and crystal awards:

  • Our graphic artists take your logo and award text, and lay them out on a template for your award or gift item. Typically our graphic artsists will choose a font that is appropriate for your award, the amount of text that you have, and the type of award. They'll create a PDF of the layout for you to review and approve.
  • Once approved, the art files are converted for Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) which drives our production equipment.
  • A blank glass or clear component is loaded into our laser etching machine, where your logo and text are then etched into the product.
  • After etching, the component moves to a sand blasting station, where a stream of fine "grit" is sprayed on the piece. the grit will deepen the etched area, creating engraved lettering and logo. This step is also called sand-carving.
  • Once sandblasted, the part is powerwashed and dried.
  • If any color fill is required on your award, the paint is applied and wiped off per the approved design.
  • The next production station is assembly, where additional components are added such as a base, or additional engraved components.
  • Then on to final cleaning and polishing before being packed for shipment.

Engraving plates for plaques:

  • Just as with engraving for glass or crystal, our artists will lay your award text and logo out on a template of the plaque you've chosen.
  • Once approved, the art files are converted for Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) which drives our production equipment.
  • A blank plate is loaded into our laser etching machine, where your logo and text are then etched into the product.
  • The laser engraving etches away the black (or other color) coating on the plate, to expose the brass (or silver) metal underneath.
  • If the plaque option that you've chosen includes an underplate, the top plate is attached to the underplate.
  • The plate(s) is then attached to the appropriate wood board for the chosen design.
  • The plaque goes through a final cleaning and polishing and then is packaged and made ready for shipment.