What’s The Difference Between Etched Glass And Carved Glass?

We are often asked to explain the difference between etched glass and carved glass. I talked about etched glass in a recent blog titled ‘Custom Etched & Sandblasted Glass: The Perfect Enhancement for Your Home’. Both types are created using the same sandblasting equipment and techniques however the carving process goes much deeper into the glass to create multiple depths and sculptural relief effects. Carving glass enables our artists to add a 2-dimensional pattern (similar to etching) while at the same time adding a 3-dimensional texture to the glass. The visual effect of a carved glass design is nothing short of stunning.

Color Makes All The Difference

The major difference between Etched & Sandblasted and Carved Glass & Airbrushed Glass is the addition of vivid color. After the glass has been carved, the etched surfaces are colorized using a wide-range of color dyes and precision air brushing equipment to enhance the sculptural effect by adding shadows and realistic color highlights to bring the airbrush glass design to life. The color dyes can be translucent or solid with a shiny, matte, or metallic finish depending on the effect the design calls for.

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