The title of this post might make you think I'm going to give you the magic gift idea that will blow his socks off. Sorry to disappoint... It's not that easy.
I am just going to showcase an idea one of my clients had and I was somehow able to execute. I can't take credit for the idea, she came to me with a thought and we got carried away with it. Luckily growing up in a house surrounded by all forms of art has helped me tremendously in my business venture. Not to brag, but I can find a way to do just about anything...other than my dishes or laundry. I can't seem to develop the mental strength needed for that. And lucky for me my dishwasher doesn't work and serves as a secret vault for hiding them when I have guests over- A story for another time.
Making this gift was very tricky. She had bought a whiskey decanter and wanted to get something etched into it. The place she had bought it from offered a limited selection of fonts and letter sizes. So I offered to help. We decided to tweak the Jack Daniels black label and make it to her soon to be husbands name. Changing a few of the other elements and adding a wedding date made it perfect. A tribute to Mr. Daniels... which is his favorite whiskey. Then we added a cute quote in a script font for the back side. I drew the whole thing up on the computer and had a stencil made. You cover the glass with the stencil adhesive, leaving only the places needing to be sandblasted showing. Then it's off to the sandblasting master. Luckily I have family and friends that can help me complete these projects. Sandblasting involves a machine that shoots sand at the glass hard enough to create an engraved effect. I have seen sandblasting kits at craft stores, and they work decent, but they aren't as awesome as the real deal. To really appreciate glass work you'd have to try it on your own. It is so much harder than it looks, and is specialty field not many artist can compete in. I know one of the best in the business. I'm sure I will have more of his work to showcase in the future. And if he ever learns how to use a computer he might be able to have a website one day.
So here's the finished product. I'm pretty sure he loved it.