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I would like to have some glass etched, wind wings and a divider window. Can anyone suggest someone to do this.

Thanks,

John

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Automotive glass outfits might have some idea. Some etch car details on the glass as a theft deterrent. Some other glass suppliers might too. One can get designs etched on glass for houses etc..

 

Try your yellow pages. There are some in ours.

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This does not answer your question, but it may give you some ideas.....

 

   Depending on how detailed the etching needs to be there are a couple of ways it can be done.  I have etched mirrors for wall decorations by sand blasting.  All you need is a patern and a portable blaster.  I used plastic film to make the pattern and a fairly fine white sand medium for the blaster.  Start with lower air pressure and increase as needed.  The film protects the glass and it only etches where there is no film.

   The second way uses an acid.  The procedure is very simular to the blast method but the film must be compatable with the acid and securly attached to the glass so that no acid can wick under the film.

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Up here in Canada almost any supplier of household glass and many suppliers of auto glass can do etching.  Really reasonable.  I have done it at home and I believe my time is worth more than they charge.

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I have seen sandblasting used to etch glass. Mark out the design and cover the clear portion with a good duct tape and thin rubber, then gently sandblast the design.

 

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My wife does my wing wings for our car  . She is good at the drawings ,  kings32

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Thanks everyone for there input, guess I should have been a bit more specific. The rear glass in my car has a Fleur-da-lis cut into the 4 corners. It

is very detailed and clearly cut as you would see on crystal. Remembering from the 70's and 80's there were several folks who offered  custom

engraved wind wings as well as stocking some simply with attractive patterns. Several decades ago I left the classic era(no not 1950's)  and returned

to the brass cars where I started, now giving the 30's a go again I wondered what happened to all those suppliers? Then the answer hit me like a pin box on 

on the side of my head as I looked up and saw the buzzards circling. Thanks, John

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On 6/13/2017 at 11:28 AM, JAK said:

Thanks everyone for there input, guess I should have been a bit more specific. The rear glass in my car has a Fleur-da-lis cut into the 4 corners. It

is very detailed and clearly cut as you would see on crystal. Remembering from the 70's and 80's there were several folks who offered  custom

engraved wind wings as well as stocking some simply with attractive patterns. Several decades ago I left the classic era(no not 1950's)  and returned

to the brass cars where I started, now giving the 30's a go again I wondered what happened to all those suppliers? Then the answer hit me like a pin box on 

on the side of my head as I looked up and saw the buzzards circling. Thanks, John

 

I understand exactly what you mean, that is a much more specialized service, and one that I tend to really only see in European glass-making centers today such as the Czech Republic. You may be able to reach out to Corning or a similar glass specialist and inquire, or maybe start posting to glass-blower and glass artist forums for more specific advice. You may want to use the terms "cut glass similar to Bohemian cut crystal" to explain to the glass folks what you're seeking. If you've never seen the process it's pretty amazing, usually an artisan holds the glass piece up against a spinning grinding wheel and their body movements are what put the design in, it's not like they are using hand tools where they can easily maneuver a bit or grinder. 

 

Here's a video from Waterford Crystal in Ireland going about the rather fascinating work: 

 

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What about a bone or stone carver? They use very high speed rotary tools by hand, sort of like dentists' tools. There are a few in NZ because the Māori culture includes carved items of personal wear.

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