WA Engraving recently started offering sandblasting as an alternative to laser engraving on glass. The results are fantastic!
Sandblasting glass offers very nice features that can't be achieved with a laser, such as a much larger decoration area and a clearer image. The reason behind this is because when the glass is sandblasted millions of tiny grains are hitting the smooth surface leaving a very fine, pitted surface where the grains have hit it. When glass is laser engraved, it's not pitting causing the frosted look, it's microscopic fractures in the glass caused by the heat of the laser. Also with laser engraving too much heat can cause the glass to crack and too little heat means the glass won't get hot enough to engrave (microscopically fracture).
The only thing to note with sandblasting is that it is a much more time consuming method of decoration, making it a more expensive alternative to laser engraving. However the benefits of sandblasting to the finished product are very noticeable.
So for the best results, we can sandblast your glass for you!
The difference between laser engraved glass vs sandblasted glass