The American Crystal Difference . . .
Every Piece Is Custom Made . . . BY HAND . . . Just For You.
“Not Just Thrown in A Press . . . And Spit Out The Other End.”
How Our Process Works.
The American Crystal art department either prepares the clients custom artwork or develops a custom design request from our unlimited number of stock designs we are constantly developing for our archives. After the client receives and approves a preproduction proof custom plates are then produced and proofed before entering production.
Films Are Shot . . . Masks Are Manufactured.
A SCREEN FOR EVERY PIECE.
The art department then releases the plates to production where films are shot in order to make mask for the requested order. Each piece is created with its own mask (or screen). After being shot with the exact step-wedge execution, the mask is then washed out and proofed for resolution quality and durability for the orders requested specifications.
Every Piece Is Registered & Burnished . . . BY HAND . . . Just For You.
The American Crystal Blank gets hand burnished and hand registered by our artisans with a custom generated mask of your choice we design and manufacture. The mask is then manipulated to ensure enough strength and durability to withstand a sand flow rate of 120 psi.
EACH PIECE IS BLOCKED OUT BY HAND
THE BLOCK OUT.
The burnished piece is then blocked out by hand to ensure there is no blow by or blow through during the carving process. Each step in the process must pass inspection before being hand carved to ensure quality and limit waste.
EACH PIECE IS SAND CARVED BY HAND
The blocked out piece is then blasted by hand and then carved to ensure the highest quality etch. The carving process gives the final product an absolute permanent design deeply embossed into the product medium.
EACH PIECE IS SOAKED, HAND STRIPPED, SCRUBBED, AND THEN COMMERCIALLY WASHED
The sand carved product then enters a soak tank to loosen the previously applied materials from the production process. The item is then scrubbed by hand to remove adhesives and enters a commercial dishwasher. It is then dried, wiped and inspected, and finally enters the shipping department.
IT'S A LONG PROCESS . . . BUT THE FINAL PRODUCT IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE EFFORT.