Precious metal decorations create an image of luxury. Choose between gold, silver, platinum and bronze. A popular application of precious metals is to put a band of the metal around the rim of the glass. Silk screening with metal is also an option.
Faux Imitation Metals
New inks made to imitate a metallic look have come to prominence and can turn the most plain glass into a luxury item for a very reasonable investment.
Pad printing is used in areas that are too difficult to decorate with other methods. Four inks can be used in the pad printing process. Printing a logo/icon on the inside of a bowl is a perfect situation where pad printing over screen printing would be required.
The tampon technique is also used in areas where silk screening is too difficult or impossible (too curvy or near stem or handles). Normally used for 1 color decorations.
Hand painting is just as it sounds, a manual process. Various techniques range from splash, sprinkle, brush and twist patterns. Hand painting gives each glass an artisan feel and due to the nature of the process, each glass will be unique.
The sand blasting technique gives a finished “frost” look to the glassware. Many customers combine sand blasting with silk screening to make their logo and branding really stand out.