Design/Etch By Richard Smith
Create a treasured family heirloom
a commemorative panel for a community,
or a distinctive corporate identity.

Put your coat of arms on a tankard.

The Canadian Coat of Arms

  • Description of image: The Canadian coat of arms is sand-etched onto the rear of clear mirror,
    using a hand cut resist (stencil) some of the extremely intricate detailing is shown.
    The finished etch was then coloured with transparent glass inks.
    With the use of colour, it is required to leave a fine strip of un-etched substrate
    between each separate colour.
    An arms as shown etched on mirror is particularly exquisite when it is back lit,
    allowing the light to enhance and make the colours come alive.
  • Size shown: 28" x 32" (71 x 81 cm) 5 mm mirror
  • Frame shown: Solid Mahogany, with corner plinth blocks; red felt is affixed between the mirror
    and the frame to avoid rattling.
  • Cost: Is totally dependent upon the complexity of the particular coat of arms,
    and what is to be included (i.e. the frame, colouring, etc.)
    The shown arms (etched, coloured, framed, and suitable for backlighting) would cost $1400 US.

    Click on the picture to download a larger image (31K)

    The upper part of the Coat of Arms       The lower part of the Coat of Arms


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    Personal coat of arms on an entrance door

  • Description of image: These personal coat of arms are etched on tempered glass
    in a double aluminium entrance system into a business.
    They are etched in reverse (instead of the image being etched, the total area
    around the image is etched) in this case, for the privacy of the funeral home.
    The brown colour in the etch is a cloth backdrop
    which I used to take the picture, so that the coat of arms would remain distinct.
    The clear border is also continued around the bottom glass panels of the doors,
    and the complete bottom panel is solid etched.
  • Size shown: 24" x 34" (60 x 86 cm) on 5mm tempered glass
  • Frame shown: The aluminium frame of the door.
  • Cost: Is totally dependent upon the complexity of the particular coat of arms.
    The shown arms (etched on tempered glass, and suitable for placement into a door) would cost $750 US.

    Click on the picture to download a larger image (16K)

     


  • Personal coat of arms on an entrance door

  • Description of image: These Civic coat of arms are etched on " glass
    with a 1" beveled edge in a double stained wood entrance system
    into the mayor's office.
    They are double etched, to add depth and detail to the finished piece.
    The resist is completely hand-cut, with the the entire outline,
    and all the detailing etched first, and deeper.
    Then the remaining resist within the outline of the arms is removed,
    and the rest of the arms is etched lighter.
    This detailing can be viewed by clicking on the larger image of the doors.
  • Size shown: 22" x 62" (56 x 157 cm) on 6mm tempered glass
  • Frame shown: The wood frame of the door.
  • Cost: Is totally dependent upon the complexity of the particular coat of arms.
    The shown arms (etched on 6mm glass with a 1" bevel) would cost $860 US.

    Click on the picture to download a larger image

     


  • Your coat of arms can be etched:
    On clear Glass,
  • For placement into a window or entrance door
  • Matted with fade resistant matboard or fabric and framed, for a wall hanging
    On clear or coloured Mirror,
  • Framed for a special wall hanging, (with or without backlighting)
  • For use as a commemorative panel, with the commemorative details etched in selected type style around the arms
    (this can also include sponsors' or donors' names/logos).


  • E-mail me a .gif or .jpg graphic file (as an attachment) of your coat of arms, I'll get back to you with the cost involved.

    Because of the method of sand etching glass, I must use a new resist with each etched piece. It is impossible to remove and reuse a hand cut vinyl resist, or a photoresist because the vinyl is cut in place on the glass, and the photoresist is glued onto the glass - both are ruined during removal.


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