The following is a guest post by Eric Robert.
Starting a glass etching business can be a fun, exciting, and profitable niche business idea. There are a variety of things that you can etch to maximize your number of customers. Starting a business by glass etching can allow you to easily personalize or customize a glass item for those seeking gifts, awards, and decoration items for a home, bar, restaurant, or business. You can create elegant etched items for multiple different types of glasses. The possibilities are nearly endless and all it takes is a creative thought or just the customers creative thought. You really don’t need to have a lot of artistic talent but with practice you can develop amazing techniques. Even the simple etching techniques can become desirable and profitable.
Now let me go into explaining what exactly is glass etching and why is it desirable. Glass etching is basically the process of etching or embedding a design into a piece of glass. To achieve the etched design, a stencil is securely placed on the glass before using an etching process. The stencil can be custom cut using a cutting machine or hand cut by following a black and white pattern.
Today for small businesses or crafters, there are two main etching processes used. Etching cream is a etching media used to brush the substance over the stencil which only lightly frosts the glass surface. It is used primarily with arts and craft projects and has a very small start up cost. It can be a quick start to creating a small business selling items on sites such as Ebay and Etsy, but the desired professional style is through using the sandblasting process. Sandblasting the glass is the other main etching process used by small businesses. It has more of a start up cost but the etchings are much more elegant which your customers will enjoy. By sandblasting the glass, the particles that strike the glass, lightly chip the area to create a frosted imprint.
Etching glass items can be a desirable product or service to provide people in multiple different markets. It is a unique process that allows you to elegantly frost a image into glass. The idea that the etching is permanent leaves a elegant feeling that the canvas is nothing but the glass itself. There is no additive material to the glass and the etchings are generally personalized for the customer which can make it special.
Some ideas to help create a business customizing glass are by etching:
- a restaurant logo into drinking glass cups
- an glass mirror sign
- glass awards
- glass for privacy windows
- customized glass mirrors
- customized glass shower doors
- wine glasses
- wine bottles for a anniversary, wedding, holiday, birthday, or business partner gift
The list can go on and on with ideas and items a business can use to custom etch into glass. Try to touch all the areas in your area and find out which one is the most profitable or has the most demand. Then you can narrow your business focus onto the area that works out best for your company. This way you can focus all your energy onto the most lucrative ideas and try to develop those for maximum revenue.
Eric Robert runs Glass Etching Secrets.