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I POST WORLDWIDE: Note that for countries OUTSIDE UK parcels should be kept to a reasonable size. Final box measurements 90cm x 90 x 90. Should the final weight exceed 2kg, the postage cost increases greatly!

A first time customer of engraved glass is often unsure of "how it all works" so here are a few ideas, surmised after taking engraving commissions since 1983.

* IDEAS: Remember there is nothing "standard" about my work, every order is different. As long as I have an idea of what you require I will create something for you.

*THE GLASS BLANK: I have an extensive selection of glass and crystal and as a supplier, if you wish to bring your own glass, you will be charged "customer's own glass" and you will leave it at your own risk, also not all glass is suitable for what you may want engraved. But do not be put off if you have something particular that you have and would like engraved for one reason or another, just ask.

*ARTWORK & ENGRAVING: This comes in many forms, your photographs, sketches and drawings, weblinks and of course my imagination. As I said, every job is different! Whatever the case, I will ensure that the finished design works in sympathy with the shape of the glass so even the most simple engraving is most pleasing to the eye.

Sandblasting is a glass engraving technique in which a fine grit is blasted at exposed areas of the glass in order to frost it. I spend many many hours creating Vector drawing artwork for sandblasting commissions. I use Corel Draw X6 (64bit) and my Wacom Intuos 4. I make a mask of an adhesive film for each glass, using my completed artwork. The mask is destroyed in the process of sandblasting, but I keep the artwork forever so repeat orders are possible, even on different types of glass and different sizes. Sometimes I will need to adapt a large piece of artwork used previously for a decanter, to work on a tiny shot glass and vice versa. complicated adaptation may incur a charge.

In this case (above) I had photographed my clients tiny signet ring with the crest seal, then flipped it (as it was mirror image) and after artwork was complete, flipped it back and engraved it underneath a paperweight.

Please visit the Techniques pages for more information.

If your commission involves lettering or a badge, logo or coat of arms, accurate technical drawing or where there will be more than one of the same glasses, then at least part of my glass engraving technique used will be sandblasting. For all other engraving requiring half tones, depth, 3D effect I will be hand engraving with my drills, using diamond, stone and rubber burs. Often both techniques will be combined for the very best effect. From time to time I will also use acid for etching a soft tone.



* DESIGN: Most customers happily leave it entirely up to me once the glass has been selected and the subject details discussed. Then there are those who are far more specific, the most important thing for the engraver is that the customer is happy. In some cases artwork or a computer generated image of the finished piece can be requested prior to commencing engraving. This will only be possible once the order is confirmed with payment.

* COST: There can be a number of ways in which to execute the work so I need to establish which it is to be and the limitations, usually to do with budget and sometimes time limit. It is useful to know the customers rough budget before I quote. I still charge a minimum of £25 (a few years now!) for the first glass (sandblasting only), this would be, for example, a name / simple monogram and a date or age - in a good size and font carefully chosen according to occasion, taste and the glass itself. As I said, nothing is standard!

*PAYMENT: Payment is generally required in advance to secure the order. In the case of a very large order a 50% deposit is acceptable.

I take all major cards, bank transfer, cheques, cash and PayPal (add 3% for PayPal payments and AMEX cards) For card payments where you the customer are not present, please phone me 01986 874634 .....international: +44 1986 874634, do not send card details by email please.

* TIME LIMIT / DELIVERY: This is agreed on at the time of ordering. Always ask if you need something urgent...I have been known to send a customer off for a cup of tea on Christmas eve whilst I engrave something quickly. If I can I will. However generally something simple can be completed within a few days, larger more complicated pieces require much more notice.

* I do not mend chipped or broken glass.



If you would like a personalised gift, engraved and posted direct to the recipient with a greetings card, simply e mail me with your request. I can send you a photo of the finished piece.


Lesley Pyke is a limited company registered in England number 7337000

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