CUSTOM DECORATIVE ARCHITECTURAL GLASS

COLLABORATIVE DESIGN + UNIQUE SOLUTIONS

UNIQUE

UNIQUE. 

The definition of unique; see Echo Etching Glass – “I’ve never seen anything quite like it!” 

Adjective: Existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics: a unique Echo Etching decorative glass creation having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable. Don’t your clients’ decorative glass projects deserve the same claim to uniqueness? What sets it apart? In the me-too world of glass cover-ups and substitutes, our aim is different. We want to collaborate with you, place your idea or inspiration into motion to set your project apart from everything else. Don’t your clients’ glass projects deserve better?

CREATING UNIQUE SOLUTIONS FOR OVER 30 YEARS!

OUR CRAFT

WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF SERVING OUR CLIENTS AND WORKING WITH UNIQUE APPLICATIONS.

Echo Etching has been imaging, etching, carving, and color-treating custom architectural flat glass since the 1980s. We work with architects and designers to create unique, custom looks that enhance or integrate with new and existing décor packages. Since we have no fixed product line, architects and interior designers can design the glass work, and we create it. Makes catalog shopping seem sort of ordinary and a bit boring, doesn’t it?

At Echo Etching, we provide samples, budget estimates, and consulting services at no up-front charge. We work with glass contractors and general contractors by supplying quotations on items specified. And, we understand the technical side of the challenge to glaziers, so we work with them to get the job done right.

APPLICATIONS

  • Doors, windows, side-lites 
  • Room dividers, decorative panels 
  • Transoms, conference room walls 
  • Signage & graphics 
  • Artwork, sculpture 
  • Donor recognition 
  • Furniture components 

PHOTORESIST ETCHING

  • Complex, detailed patterns 
  • Donor systems with lists or columns 
  • Half-tones of photos, shaded artwork, etc 
  • Logos—no matter how intricate 
  • Real items as artwork: spruce, fabric, etc. 
  • The volume of like pieces is economical 

RANDOM & ORGANIC PATTERNS

  • Glue-chipping 
  • Hard masks like wire, metal, grid, string 
  • Liquid resists: latex, glue 
  • Sculpted glass, custom artwork, awards 
  • Splatter 
  • Undulating by hand 

CUSTOM COLOR TREATMENT

  • Hand applied paints: sponge, rag, brush, roller, sprayer 
  • Opaque treatments for tile; stone look-alikes 
  • Transparent colors (mix-to-match, PMS, etc). 
  • Translucent colors for light transmission 
  • Gold leaf, metal leaf, with texture 
  • Mica powders and patinas 
WHAT IS PHOTORESIST?

Photoresist – The Etching Process; Resists and Abrasives (Okay all you “techies,” school is in session)

So what is resist? In our world, resist is any material or object used to mask off and protect the glass from receiving the abrasive etch technique. 

Remember, we shoot Aluminum Oxide (not sand) at glass under specific air pressures to gain the exact effect we are after — it’s a more consistent abrasive for our craft.

During the creative process, we provide you with control and choice, working with various types of resists to achieve the desired result. The decision to use one kind of resist over another depends on your particular imaging requirements.

Hand cut resist requires tracing the original artwork onto a heavy peel-and-stick vinyl and removing the areas to be etched. For one of a kind etched pieces, this process is often the most cost-effective. Machine cut resists are used for precision when many identical and more complex images are involved.

Echo’s photo-resist techniques offer the most precise method to reproduce highly detailed images. Under darkroom conditions, the glass receives a light-sensitive emulsion. Subsequently, a film positive of the image is applied to the dry emulsion, which is then hardened by a timed exposure to a controlled range of ultraviolet light — this becomes our masking agent or resist.

To bring it all home, Echo controls the etching phase of its glass imaging operations with precisely graded, abrasive crystals of aluminum oxide, silicon carbide or other media applied with an air gun at various pressures to create that unique, decorative touch which is abrasive-etched glass.

In summary, Echo Etching is your creative ally when it comes to creating something truly unique. Doesn’t your next decorative glass creation deserve to stand out from the crowd?

UNIQUE

THE ECHO EXPERIENCE — IT’S EYE-OPENING!

Artisan, Craftsmen or Craftswomen, Creative Genius — the names roll in. In all, OUR people, the ones that show up every day at Echo Etching are highly talented, skilled and experienced in many areas. In addition to creating original artwork to your specifications, we work with you to achieve the perfect creative solution for your next glass project — it starts with a simple idea or inspiration.

Our expertise with gold-leaf, color infill, stage carving, shading, and glue chipping has been honed and perfected over the past 30+ years.

From small projects to large architectural panels, our talents carry over to any size, shape or complex project requiring that unique, artful touch.

And Echo project managers know how to initiate a project, keep it moving, and within your defined budget requirements — we work hard for you.

Echo Etching invites you to stop by our studio to see where the magic happens, see Echo’s craftsmen in action and, to experience the vast array of beautiful glass examples we have on display — It’s pretty badass.

SO REMEMBER, ALL IT TAKES IS A SIMPLE DESIGN IDEA OR INSPIRATION TO GET STARTED. LET’S GET STARTED TODAY!

ARCHITECTURAL & DESIGN

  • AECOM
  • Cardosi Kiper Design Group
  • C2AE
  • Cornerstone Architects
  • FTC&H
  • HKS, Inc
  • Harley Ellis Devereaux
  • Hobbs & Black
  • Integrated Architecture
  • Interactive Studio
  • JPRA Architects
  • Owens, Ames, Kimball Company
  • ProgressiveAE
  • ROI Design
  • Rossetti
  • SKP Design
  • The Architectural Group
  • Via Design

SIGNAGE & CUSTOM GRAPHICS FIRMS

  • ASI 
  • Boardwalk Design
  • Icon Sign Company 
  • Nicolson Associates 
  • CreativeLine 
  • Universal Sign 
  • Valley City Sign 
  • Visual Entities 
  • XibitZ, Inc.

EDUCATION

  • Aquinas College
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Christian Schools
  • Grand Valley State University 
  • McHenry County College
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rush University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Western Michigan University

CORPORATE

  • American Seating 
  • Amway 
  • Baker Publishing 
  • Charter House 
  • Custer Office Environments
  • Devos Corporation
  • Gordon Food Service 
  • Herman Miller 
  • Nucraft 
  • ODL, Inc 
  • Pfizer 
  • Stickley Furniture 
  • The Forbes Company 

HEALTHCARE

  • Beaumont Health | Grand Rapids
  • Borgess Health | Grand Rapids
  • Detroit Medical Center 
  • Fort Wayne Cardiology
  • Holland Hospital
  • Henry Ford Hospital System | Detroit
  • La Rabida Children’s Hospital | Chicago
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital | Chicago
  • McLaren Hospital | Flint
  • Memorial Healthcare | Owosso
  • Mercy Memorial Hospital | Monroe 
  • Mercy Hospital + Medical Center of Chicago
  • Metropolitan Hospital | Grand Rapids
  • Oaklawn Hospital | Marshall
  • Port Huron Hospital 
  • ProMedica Healthcare
  • Providence Hospital | Novi
  • Sparrow Hospital | Lansing
  • St. Joseph Healthcare
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital | Chelsea 
  • St. Mary Mercy Hospital | Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health | Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health | Big Rapids 
  • Tuscon Medical Center | Arizona
  • University of Michigan Hospital

GLASS CONTRACTORS

  • Architectural Glass & Metals, Inc.
  • Commercial Glass & Glazing, Inc.
  • Curtis Glass, Inc 
  • Edwards Glass, Inc.
  • Glass Design, Inc 
  • Lakeshore Glass & Metals, Inc.
  • Madison Heights Glass Company
  • Modern Mirror & Glass 
  • Peterson Glass Company
  • Reliable Glass Company, Inc.
  • Store Fronts, Inc.
  • Superior Glass Company
  • Universal Glass & Metals 
  • VOS Glass

WHO WE’VE SERVED