When it comes to making a strong branded statement for your beverages, there’s nothing more impressive than a spectacularly designed large format bottle. The unique etching techniques available at Bergin Screen Printing & Etching make it easy to create a beautiful, colorful, and distinctive bottle that showcases the contents inside. Here are five things you might not know about the making of etched glass.

1. Etched glass is commonly created with acid or sandblasting. Acid etching uses careful applications of hydrofluoric acid or an acid compound etching cream, paired with patterns made from a non-reactive substance like wax or vinyl. Sandblasting or “abrasive etching” can be used to “carve” the glass when a stronger or deeper design is required. Both techniques can be used to create the trademark “frosty” finish that’s common to etched glass.

2. Etching techniques work on other materials, too. Abrasive etching can be used to create intricate patterns on stone, ceramic, wood, and metal surfaces.

3. Glass etching techniques have been around for centuries. However, the popularity of etched glass grew astronomically during the Victorian era, when acid etching was invented. Victorians used etched glass to decorate windows and doors in their homes and businesses. The frosty glass also provided privacy when used in street-facing doors and windows.

4. Acid etching is also known as “French Embossing.” This alternative name was commonly used during the heyday of etched glass in the Victorian era.

5. Etched glass can be accented with other decorative processes. Colored enamel and gold leaf can be applied to the glass after the etching process, while other engraving techniques can be used to provide additional depth.