Happy New Year! Happy New Site!

Our brand new website is up and live! It looks awesome, doesn’t it? Thanks to Visage Creative Business Services, Inc. for doing a great job. I am looking forward to having people take a look at it.

The Holiday season was busy for Odyssey Etching & Engraving. We got quite a few orders for etched mugs and glasses. I also donated a glass and mug to a local fundraiser on New Year’s Eve. They were both a big hit with the crowd, plus they raised some money for a good cause.

This is a new year with new opportunities. I plan on attending a lot more arts and craft shows. Hopefully, I will be able to get Odyssey Etching & Engraving’s name out there so that people will think of us when they need something personalized.

I hope that everyone has a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Adding Glass to My Repertoire

Things are picking up and orders are starting to come in more often! Plus, I have started sandcarving on glass, which is really fun. I started with some 16 oz. drinking glasses that turned out very well. I really like the way that the sandcarving shows up on them. I also sandcarved a gallon jar for Cindi. She wanted her sun tea jar personalized. You can see it in the Gallery.

I am getting ready for a big event in October. In fact, I have received a request to sandcarve some award bases for one of the local charities that is having their annual ball. These award bases will be on polished marble with copper artwork from another local artisan mounted on them. I am really looking forward to sandcarving them. I will post photos of them in the Gallery when they are finished.

I have come up with a new product. Ashless incense burners made from recycled wine bottles. I have to admit that the ashless wine bottle incense burner isn’t an original idea, but I believe that sandcarving on them will make them unique. Cindi and I tried a couple of them out and they work very well. No ashes to clean up since they all fall into the wine bottle. We just dumped the ashes in to the garbage after we were finished (making sure there were no embers). Looking forward to customizing these for people.

Rocks and Tiles and Bricks, Oh My!

I have been pretty busy since my last post. I’ve expanded from just rocks to tile, and have obtained a heavy-duty vinyl cutter for the heavier resist. I just finished sandcarving a Pet Memorial on a 12×12 black granite tile. It turned out really well and the customer was very impressed with the finished memorial.

A request for clay bricks just came in earlier today. These will be bricks that will be for fundraising by a local charity. I have some samples blasted using both clay and concrete bricks. The clay bricks sandblast a lot better than the concrete ones. However, both look great. I hope that they accept my quote so I can get started with them.

My wife, Cindi, and I just returned from visiting my Mom and Sister in Northern California. I took a couple of garden rocks up there that I sandcarved for them. They both loved the rocks and, in fact, I think I may have introduced the sandcarving bug to my Sister!! If she gets started, she will have a huge supply of nice river rocks available to her since she lives near some old gold dredging sites.

It’s Official

Well, I have officially started sandcarving and Odyssey Etching & Engraving is up and running. It’s been about a year since I learned about sandcarving and started researching and collecting the necessary equipment to get going. I sandcarved my first Pet Memorial today. It was for a pet that I have pet sat for and belonged to a veterinarian that I worked with. It turned out very well and I think that she and her family will really like it. We will all miss Paige.

I have plans for a couple of more Pet Memorials for co-workers. One that I will be making is a dual memorial for two of her pets that she had for a long time. She says that they were inseparable during the time they lived with her. I look forward to producing something that she will cherish for a lifetime.

Right now I am using an X-Acto™ knife to hand cut the designs for the Pet Memorials. It is a little time consuming, but I am liking the results. However, I think I will start looking for a vinyl cutter that I can use to produce more consistent results.