Free Website for You!

That’s right, a FREE website for you!  Genuine, Verified traders, registered on our website have access to an E-commerce Website.

No Catches, No Ifs and No Buts!

Free Website – Free Hosting – Free Domain Name*

All Glass Scribe Products, on both Website Options, are always kept up-to-date. There is no maintenance work for you to do, saving you many hours of work and leaving you with time to develop your business.

* Free Domain Name (such as www.derrycrystal.glass-engraver.co.uk) – or – use your own (such as www.orkneycrystal.com).

Free Web Page

A ‘page’, which opens within your existing website, providing a catalogue of all Glass Scribe Products. The catalogue operates in exactly the same way as The Glass Scribe Shop, but without the shopping cart. There are facilities to ‘drill down’ through product ranges, to individual products below, or Search for a product. Optionally, you can show our RRP. Take a look at a sample web page.

Always kept up-to-date and forever Free.

Free E-Commerce Website

A stand-alone website, with full Shop and Shopping Cart facilities. We can provide you with a Free Subdomain to glass-engraver.co.uk,or you can use your own domain. Upload your own distinctive Header and Footer and select your own website colours. Add a FAQ page and as many other pages as you wish. The website will become completely your own, reflecting your style.

Glass Scribe product details, images and live stock quantities are all kept up-to-date for you. Your customers can buy plain products, engraved products or printed products, paying you by credit / debit card or Paypal. You choose what to show, what to markup by and whether to fulfill orders yourself, or have us provide them for you (under plain label).

Upload your own products, set your own markups, delivery times and costs. Change your other suppliers’ prices with a simple spreadsheet download, change costs and upload. All in one place, convenient and slick. Take a look at a sample website.

You are also offered the opportunity to join other customers on our Promotional Website, in the Directory, promoting your website and company specialities.

Take a look at the Benefits, below, and read our introductory brochure.

BENEFITS

  • Your own website, hosted Free, saving you £££ per year.
  • Free Domain Name (www.yourname.glass-engraver.co.uk), or use your own (www.yourname.co.uk).
  • Upload your own Header and Footer.
  • Change the colours of your website.
  • Shopping Basket, with payment by credit/debit card or PayPal.
  • FAQ Page, for you to fill in, to personalise your new website.
  • Add any amount of pages & images, or we can write them for you (charges apply).
  • Free Masterclasses on how to write pages and customise your website.
  • Free support during working hours. We will do our best to make your new website successful.
  • Product Search mechanism, or customers can click down through Categories, to browse Products.
  • Upload your own Engraving Designs, or use ours.
  • Free sitemap, to aid SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for Google and other search engines.
  • No reference to The Glass Scribe on your website.

GLASS SCRIBE PRODUCTS

  • Your choice of mark-ups, on wholesale prices; globally, by category or product-by-product.
  • All Glass Scribe products, images and information are always up-to-date.
  • Current stock-holding of products held in the Glass Scribe warehouse are shown on your website – which stops people ordering what is not available.
  • Show or un-show any Glass Scribe product.
  • Delegate the supply of Glass Scribe products (incl. engraving) to us, or do it yourself – we will always supply printed items.
  • Great if you are a drop-shipper, or need to take a holiday.

YOUR OWN PRODUCTS

  • Upload your own products (e.g. Trophies), one at a time, or a whole range – and set your own:
    Categories and sub-categories of products.
    Mark-up on your supplier/s costs.
    Engraving charges.
    Carriage charges.
    Lead times for delivery.
  • Upload your own library of Trophy Centres.
  • Download your product list, change costs & upload again, for fast updating of prices of your own products.
  • Sell your products online, 24/7.
  • If you have delegated to us to fulfil Glass Scribe orders and your customer buys both Glass Scribe product/s and your products, both carriage charges are added together.
  • Helpful Masterclasses. Learn how to make your website work for you.

MARKETING

  • Optional listing on the Directory at www.glass-engraver.co.uk, which drives traffic to listed e-Commerce websites (specifications & subscriptions apply).
  • We spend £400+ per month on Google Adwords, attracting visitors to The Promotional Website.
  • The Promotional Website has 120+ pages of information; attracting 2,500+ visitors per month.

Equipment and Training

Here at The Glass Scribe, we advocate Sandblasting as the best form of commercial glass and crystal engraving, bettered only by Hand Engraving!

We have been in the business of supplying successful glass engravers with glass engraving equipment, training them in glass engraving and supplying ongoing support and supplies for all their various needs, for 35 years.

As specialists in Sandblasting, we offer a comprehensive suite of professional equipment, tools and consumables, along with training courses tailored to your needs.  Whether you are just starting your business or looking to improve and enhance your existing engraving services, we can help you!

Only Sandblasting can provide a deeply engraved, high quality, matt white, crisp finish, even with the most intricate of designs, as the picture below illustrates.  What you see below is a photograph looking through a piece of crystal at an engraving on the base.  The part of the engraving you see is in an area of just 40mm (1.4″) across!
An example of a glass deeply engraved with crisp, detailed lines using the Sandblasting method

 

 

Taking it one step further and, using very fine media (aluminium oxide, also known as sandblasting grit), it is possible to engrave Photographs and graphic images in the same way.
An example of Halftone Engraving. An item engraved with a Photograph using the Sandblasting method

 

How can you achieve these results?

Rayzist Mask/Stencil Making Equipment

We stock various kits for making your own glass engraving masks/stencils.  Whether you require a full set-up, or are looking to switch to a superior and more cost effective mask making system, we have a kit for you.  Instructions are supplied with every kit and help via telephone and e-mail is freely available.  Tools and Consumables are stocked in depth, ensuring your ease of access.

The Pressure Pot Sandblasting Cabinets – Rayzist Sandcarvers

2034VXA – A Glass Engraving Cabinet that, in addition to being a professional glass blasting machine, is also capable of engraving stone, wood metal and some plastics.  A Pressure Pot system that will enable you to sandblast quickly and efficiently.

Dual Door entry, Powerful lights, a large viewing window, the exclusive ‘Air Curtain’ feature along with the Vortex extraction system will keep your working space highly visible and clear of media while you are engraving – no more peering into a dimly lit cloud of dust through a porthole!

Complete with adjustable height, this machine really is ‘built for you’. The Padded Armrests also ensure a comfortable sandblasting experience.

1924 – A smaller unit than the 2034VXA, more suited to the low volume engraver or as a back up machine. It has the same high quality parts and Pressure Pot system as the 2034VXA, but without the Vortex Extraction system and is at a fixed height. This unit does have a dedicated extraction system, just not as advanced as the system on the 2034VXA.

We advise using a Hydrovane compressor with sandblasting cabinets, they are efficient, durable and very quiet. There is also a network of engineers throughout the UK for servicing. We also advise that an aftercooler is fitted to the compressor, chilling the air and removing moisture. Moisture is an enemy of sandblasters, due to the media tending to ‘clump’ and clog your machine when damp.

An alternative is to purchase a cheap ‘throw away’ compressor and we can advise you on the rating required.

Training Sessions – Receive training from the professionals!

Purchasing a Sandblasting Cabinet and Compressor will entitle you to a completely Free, one day, one to one, training session (usually £405.00), here at our factory near Inverness. We also offer a discount on a relevant course when purchasing other equipment.

Our training courses are tailored to your needs, where we focus on the skills you would like to improve upon, or, learn from scratch.

Glass Engraving Tools and supplies

We supply a variety of tools, supplies and accessories to aid you in the engraving of glass and crystal. Centralisers to mark registration lines at 90º to the handle of tankards and loving cups. Burnishers and spiking tools to aid in the efficiency of applying stencils and an inexpensive tape ideal for masking off the area around stencils prior to engraving. These are just a few of the tools and accessories that will help your engraving process be as efficient as possible.

During a training session we can show you how to use our ‘touch up pen’ and polishing kit, both can help you save money rectifying a mistake. We can also show you our colour infill and how to apply it quickly and efficiently – imagine a piece engraved for a 50th Wedding Anniversary, infilled with Gold colour!

With such a range of options available, you will no doubt have lots of questions!? We are proud of our extensive knowledge and will be happy to help and guide you on the most suitable equipment for your requirements.

Consumables

The Glass Scribe aim to be your one-stop shop for all requirements of a glass and crystal engraving business.  Our comprehensive stocks of consumables are aimed to make your life easier and increase your profit margin!

Selection of some of the Consumables offered by The Glass Scribe - Release Paper, Sandblasting Grit, Fragile and Masking Tape.
From Vellums and Release paper to Sandblasting grit and Sandblast resistant Tape, along with Colour infill, Cerium Oxide polishing powder and Drill kits, we even carry stocks of Blue tissue wrapping paper too!

Selection of some of the Consumables offered by The Glass Scribe - Colour Infill, Cerium Oxide and Blue tissue Paper
Either LaserJet or InkJet Vellum is available, along with an Ultra High Quality InkJet transparency direct from Rayzist.  We’ll provide you with unbiased information on each and even cost-saving tips too!

Release paper is a must-have item, store your stencils on this specially coated paper.  It keeps your stencils safe from dirt and debris until ready for use.

High Grade, Pure White Aluminium Oxide.  Sandblasting is quick with this high-grade grit.  Being white it provides a beautiful matte white engraved finish.

Sandblast resist tape, at 50mm wide by 100m long, our ‘masking’ tape is extremely inexpensive, easy to use and extremely resistant to sandblasting.

Adding colour to your engraving is straightforward with our Durable, Opaque, Liquid colour enamel infills.  Increase your profit margin by adding a ‘splash of colour!’

Made a ‘costly’ mistake when engraving?  Try Cerium Oxide polishing powder with our drill kit and polishing bonnet to polish out those mistakes!

Blue tissue wrapping paper, add an extra thoughtful touch for very little cost and effort, keeps your customers coming back time and time again.

Masks and Sandblasting Films


We are proud to be the UK Distributor of Rayzist films and sandblasting equipment.

Whether it’s for our Trade Engraving service, or to make stencils for our customers, we only use Rayzist’s superior film.

SR3000 Self-stick film Logo. SR3000 is a photo-resist sandblasting film used to make stencils
SR3000 is the choice of film for professional glass and crystal engravers.  Being Repositionable and Self-stick makes SR3000 a joy to use.  Available as A4 sheets or 12″ wide rolls, we stock the following grades:
3mil – The most widely used grade of film by glass and crystal engravers.  Fine detail and Halftone images can be reproduced, with a resistance to sandblasting that allows a decent depth to be achieved.
4mil – Looking for a balance between achieving fine detail and depth/speed of blasting?  This is the film for you.  Good detail can be achieved, while the extra thickness of the film allows for higher pressure and/or coarser grit for blasting.
5mil – Excellent for multi-stage carving of glass and crystal, achieving good depth on harder materials such as stone.  Broad detail is achievable.

 

SR2000 Photo-resist film Logo. SR2000 is a photo-resist sandblasting film used to make stencils, and adhesive is required.
SR2000 is a non-stick film that requires RZ2 Adhesive to stick to a variety of surfaces, even those that are not polished!  Very Durable, this film is mainly used for projects that require an incredible depth to be achieved and/or on very hard surfaces.  SR2000 is available in a 6mil grade from our stocks, whilst 9mil can be supplied on request.

 

LazerMask Logo. LazerMask is a film that is applied to an item, the image is Lasered into the film, creating a stencil on the item and the item is then ready to be finished by sandblasting.
LazerMask is suitable for use with either CO2 or YAG Laser machines.  Cut a piece off and place onto the area to be decorated.  LazerMask is coated with a very strong adhesive, which will stick to many surfaces, making it very versatile.  Create the stencil on the item with your Laser Machine and then finish with Sandblasting.  LazerMask combines the speed of creating a single piece with a Laser Machine and the beauty of a sandblasted item.  LazerMask is removed easily leaving no residue behind.  Use RZ2 adhesive to apply LazerMask to non-polished surfaces to provide the required adhesion.

 

RZ2 adhesive is applied thinly, directly onto the rear of the stencil, a little goes a long way!  RZ2 will dry to a clear colour, highlighting that the stencil is ready to be applied to your item.  The outstanding adhesive properties of RZ2 allows you to apply stencils to just about any material.  Being water based, it is easy to clean with no chemicals required.

Pad Printing

Pad Printing is an excellent form of decoration, providing a low-cost, but good quality solution.  With prices starting at £0.32 per item, plus set-up costs, Pad Printing is ideal for short to long runs, where the same design/text is required on every piece.  Special promotional items, Wedding favours and Gift items are all perfect opportunities, along with Clubs and Associations that require a number of items decorated with their crest or logo.

Pad Printing Decorating on Glass and Crystal. Pictured is a few examples of printed glass and crystal.Frosted Colour print is the most popular because it emulates the colour of sandblasted engraving. You can also select from Black, Dark Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Silver, Light Blue, White and Yellow.

Just about anything can be printed onto glass and crystal items.  The print size will be determined by the image required and the article it is to be printed on, with a maximum size of 50mm in diameter.  We will size any image to suit the article, to give as detailed an image as possible, and to prevent excessive distortion.  Pad printing machines will decorate glass in a single position – they cannot print ‘wrap around’ designs.  We can, however, print in more than one position, i.e. on the ‘front’ and ‘back’ of Tumblers, Wine Glasses, etc.

Every item that can be printed, will show the relevant prices.  Some items, usually of a handmade nature, are only available to be printed in single colour.  This is due to the items slightly varying in size, therefore, not possible to achieve positioning/registration of more than one colour.

Our Crystal Gifts™ range of Flutes and Tankards are pad printed with designs for many special occasions, such as Anniversaries and Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas and Personal Gifts.  Packaged in a High Quality box, they are suitable to sell straight ‘off the shelf’!
Crystal Gifts is a Range of Pre-Printed items available from The Glass Scribe. Pictured is a selection of the Champagne Flutes available, printed with various designs.

Packaging and Branding

Premium Satin Lined Boxes to inexpensive Die Cut (DC) Boxes are available for you.

The Glass Scribe offer a wide range of packaging options. Pictured are examples of a Satin Lined Box, Rigid Box, Die-Cut Box and a TubeFrom Left to Right; Satin Lined Box, Rigid Box, DC Box, Tube.

High quality card is used to produce our wide range of Satin Lined Boxes, so they feel substantial and are not flimsy.  There is a Satin Lined Box to suit just about every item in our range!  

DC (die-cut) boxes are made to a high standard, yet offer an inexpensive, practical option for packaging.  Supplied ‘flat packed’ they are folded into a box very quickly and easily.

A range of Rigid Boxes is available, suitable for paperweights/coasters and Tablet style pieces.

We also offer a range of Tubes for smaller items, such as Shot glasses.  Complete with Black end caps that are a snug fit, and covered with a quality textured blue paper.

 

Branding your packaging is straightforward, and we complete this  ‘in-house’!
Branding our range of packaging by Hot Foil Blocking. Pictured is a variety of our boxes shown with Hot Foil blocking in various coloursWhether you are looking for a single box at a time or bulk loads, ensure your brand is on show and gaining you repeat business.  We brand boxes by either:
Hot foil blocking – suitable for flat surfaces (i.e. not tubes)
Pad Printing – suitable for both flat and round surfaces.

 

Hot foil blocking requires a plate to be created:
Hot Foil Blocking requires a Special Plate to be made. Pictured is an example of a Plate for our Hot Foil Blocking machineSupply us with your artwork to have the plate manufactured, it takes around 5-7 working days.  We hold this ‘on file’ for future use, therefore it’s a one-off cost, making it perfect for repeat jobs.  We’ll brand boxes from one at a time to many hundreds and thousands of boxes in this manner.  Costs are shown on our website for different price breaks of branding, the relevant code and quantity are simply added to an order online!

Hot foil blocking is available in Gold, Silver, Copper, Red and Purple as standard, other colours are available on request.  We’ll ask for your preference when you supply us with artwork and will keep this on record.

 

Pad Printing requires a different type of plate to be made, that can only be used once, so it’s more suited to a one-off job, or where Tubes are required to be branded.  Pad Printing also allows up to 4 spot colour branding, from a wide range of colours.  Find out more about our Pad Printing here, or please do ask for more information.

Engraving

Offering you the very best in quality, The Glass Scribe provides a Trade Engraving service, along with a complete Drop shipping facility.

With no minimum order, we will supply a single piece to bulk loads.

The Glass Scribe offer a Trade Engraving Service. Pictured is a few examples of our engraved glass and crystal.

Using crisp black and white vectorised artwork, high quality stencils are produced using Rayzist sandblasting films.  Pressure Pot sandblasting cabinets afford us an efficient sandblasting process producing excellent results.  Items are washed, cleaned and QC’d before being packed.  Taking utmost care and using premium packaging materials along with world class courier options, your orders are delivered safely and on time, just about anywhere in the World!

Using our website to gain quotes and place orders for bespoke decorated items is swift and simple, yet offering comprehensive options, enabling you to cater to your customer’s requirements.

Simply click the button ‘Buy Engraved’ on the page of your chosen product and enter the details as prompted.  Our website will calculate the cost and present you with a quotation valid for 30 days.
Add a PO ‘number’ (it could be a surname or company name) relevant to your customer, for ease of finding the quotation within the ‘Unsubmitted orders’ section of your profile.
You can specify a ‘Required by’ date (we despatch in time to arrive on this date!) and select from available carriage options during Checkout.
If you are ever in doubt, please do contact us (referring to the sale number) and we will be pleased to help you.

For all engraveable items on our website, you’ll see prices for the following options:
1st Item – Logo + 12 words – You supply text and choose one of our designs, or upload your own.  We create the layout and engrave.
1st Item – Photo + 12 words – You supply text and a photographic image for a halftone engraving.  We create the layout and engrave. Please note some items are not suitable for engraving with a halftone, this price/option is not shown/available for such products.
Logo or Repeats of above – Used for three scenarios:
a) You are ordering 2 or more of the same item with the same engraving.  The repeats (i.e. 2nd item onwards) are charged at this rate.
b) You would like just a logo/design engraved.
c) You supply the text/design in an artwork ready format.  Preferable file types are; .ai, .eps, .cdr and High Quality PDF’s.  We engrave using your layout.
24+, 96+, 240+ – These are the quantities at which the ‘repeat’ cost is discounted.  i.e. the 2nd item onwards are charged at the relevant cost, given the quantity you are ordering.

Proof/visual available on request

If you have an extra special request or need help, please contact us via ‘phone or e-mail and we will be pleased to discuss the options available.

Glass & Crystal

The Glass Scribe offers you a wide range of Glass and Crystal products, from budget quality, inexpensive items suitable for promotional gifts and giveaways, to premium quality trophies and awards.

Wholesale Glass and Crystal Supplies at The Glass Scribe. Pictures are a few pieces of our wide range of Items; Inverness Crystal Tankard, Balmoral Glass Loving Cup, WhiteFire Optical Crystal Column and a Portrait Rock TabletPictured above are a few items from the wide range of Glass and Crystal items available in our shop.  From Left to Right; Inverness Crystal Tankard, Balmoral Glass Loving Cup, WhiteFire Column and a Portrait Rock Tablet.

Within our shop, you’ll find current stock levels along with helpful information such as Sizes, Weights, suitable Packaging, Material and method of Manufacture along with a guide on quality levels to be expected, helping you select the right items for your requirements.

In-stock items ordered prior to 1pm can be shipped the same day, on a next day service across much of the UK.  European destinations are just 2 to 4 days away, with the rest of the world around 7-14 days away!

 

The Glass Scribe is home to the following exclusive brands, either hand made in our factory, or manufactured to our specifications by other World class factories.

WhiteFire Optical Crystal is crafted from the finest Optical Quality Crystal to the highest standards. Every piece is cut, ground and polished, no less than 5 times, by hand, with a very tight tolerance on dimensions – Giving you confidence in Quality with every piece. WhiteFire is packaged in Blue Velvet Lined Caskets, complete with the WhiteFire Branding.
WhiteFire is a range of Optical Quality Crystal from The Glass Scribe. Pictured are a few pieces from the range, Glen Esk Flame, Globe in Hand, Cairngorm Column, Wedge Circle and Elevated Pyramid

 

Rock Tablets and Ice Blocks are Hand Made in our factory, made from 12mm Sheet Glass, the edges are finished with a running scallop – no two items are the same. We apply the strictest Quality Control to Rock Tablets and Ice Blocks, guaranteeing you and your customer satisfaction every time. Use the thickness of these items, by engraving the front and rear, to create a 3D effect, bringing life to your engraving.
Rock Tablets and Ice Blocks are Hand Made by The Glass Scribe. Pictured is the Diamond, Flame, Portrait, Hexagon and Landscape.

 

Balmoral Glass is a range of Mouth Blown, Hand Made glass. Each piece is unique and that’s before it’s been personalised! Deeply engrave a logo/design along with some carefully thought out wording, your customer will be proud to present it, while the end user will be enchanted every time they use it!
Balmoral Glass is a Range of Mouth Blown Hand Made Glass, exclusive to The Glass Scribe. Pictured is a Ships Decanter, Bubble Base Barrel Tankard, Chelsea Wine Glass, Bubble Base Barrel Vase and Bubble Base Tumbler

 

A range of Panelled and Fully Cut Crystal, Inverness Crystal is typically cut with our Traditional pattern, Diamonds surmounted with Fans, modern variations are also available. Panelled items have a well proportioned panel for engraving; a Club or Corporate crest along with thoughtful words make for an exquisite Trophy or present. All Inverness Crystal items may be presented in Branded Satin Lined Boxes.
Inverness Crystal is a range of Cut Crystal items exclusive to The Glass Scribe. Pictured is a Rose Bowl, Pair of Wine Glasses, Barrel Vase, Beer Glass and a Whisky Set