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Butterfly Fairy Glass Art Etch by ImaginedGlass Butterfly Fairy Glass Art Etch by ImaginedGlass
This is an etching I made for someone whom wanted a present for their mother. She gave me the theme of a butterfly with a fairy and I created the design image to be made on a 1/4" thick clear glass piece. The overall size is 6.75" diameter and is in a maple slotted wood base to display the sandblasted glass.

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.

More can be seen and purchased directly or commissioned through my online market studio: Imagined Glass on ArtFire

Or, please like me on my Imagined Glass fb page and see other works there, too.
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An incredible example of etched glass, the way the artist uses both sides of the glass and different depths to create dimension is amazing! Don't forget to check the rest of his gallery too. Butterfly Fairy Glass Art Etch by ~ImaginedGlass ( Suggested by SaloGuardione and Featured by Talty )
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A-n-t-e-n-o-r-A Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!  You say the glass is carved on both sides. Is it smooth though? I mean - can you feel the carvings when you touch it.  Cause one of my biggest problem is that whatever i carve can be touched on one of the sides, and i have no idea how to fix it, or is it okay to be like that.... ect. I am new to working with glass so i wonder...

Anyway - this is beautiful! Keep up the good work :)
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ImaginedGlass Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist

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!

 

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A-n-t-e-n-o-r-A Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the information a lot!
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ImaginedGlass Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome.  I'm happy to help.
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KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely work!
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ImaginedGlass Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much.
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TiddlyWig Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
How did you get the design to be so precise? It's beautiful! When I did my etch I had to cut into the sticker paper with an exacto knife and it came out wonky, but I like it nonetheless.
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ImaginedGlass Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
First, thank you for adding my glass to your favs.

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.
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klacinda Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
amazing
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ImaginedGlass Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much.
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