It is carved on both sides of the glass surfaces to create an even more 3d effect with the shaded, frosted and deep carving techniques.
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Daily DeviationGiven 2013-01-14
Anyway - this is beautiful! Keep up the good work
Thank you for the compliments.
Anything carved is going to be cut into the glass and you get to feel that depth. The only way you would be able to make it a flat surface again would be to infill it with something (wax, epoxy, etc.) Filling it would cause it to go back toward the clear side (or a color if you used one) and it won't have that stronger contrast for viewing. The appeal to the carving though is by creating the refractions of light through the etching which highlights that depth.
It's good to have that ability to feel the etching/carving. Having the piece in hand allows someone to appreciate the artwork more by touching it adding more use of their senses.
When I etch on both sides of a coaster, I generally use a surface etch which keeps it smoother on top. I do carve deeper on top in certain designs and usually nothing that would interrupt the drinking glass if it is used. The coloring will be different when you aren't looking through the glass. That is an extra way to use shades as well.
Best of luck with your carving!
The Butterfly etching isn't cut by hand in this case. I drew it, translated it as an .eps file, and then use a plotter for the cut. I use transfer tape then to hold it together and lay it onto the glass. If I cut it by hand, I'd be charging more.
I do, however, cut stencils by hand on many pieces I've done (which are most often larger works and not a repetative sale item design). Or, I do a combination.
When I hand cut work, the vinyl (or resist) is laid out on the glass first and the drawing is either directly drawn or transfered or I use tracing paper that I've made the artwork onto and adhered it to the resist for the guidelines for the hand cutting with an X-acto. In what way do you mean it came out wonky?
Either way I do it each piece is still peeled individually and hand sandblasted and often there are slight variations I do so that it always ends up as a unique piece even when the general design is the same.