Can metal items be etched?
Yes, metal items can be etched and the etching is quite stunning. Etched metal items include, but are not limited to, such items as metal vases, metal ice buckets, metal water bottles which make great promotional items as well as great hostess gifts. Any metal item can be personalized and they make great gifts for any occasion.
Are there different types of etching processes?
Yes, there are. You have the automated processes done by Computerized Rotary Engraving and Computerized Laser Engraving machines. The Abrasive Etching or Sandcarving, also known as Glass Etching processes are hands-on and handcrafted. You also have etching that is done by hand by applying etching creams or solutions to the glass.
What is the difference between a "positive etch" and a "reverse etch"?
The difference between the two applications is that a "positive etch" is where the design or graphics are etched and the background of the glass remains clear. A "reverse etch" is where the background of the glass is etched and the design or graphics remain clear.
Among the different applications in etching glass, the "reverse etch" is usually used when some privacy is needed but where a design or graphics are also incorporated. A "reverse etch" is also known as a "privacy etch".
What is a "Privacy Etch"?
A "privacy etch" is an etching done on the glass of a front entry door, bathroom windows, shower enclosures, interior doors and windows where privacy is required from being able to see inside or through the glass.