Guides & Info

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This page will tell you everything there is to know about our 3D crystals. From how they’re made and the pictures they can include. Feel free to contact us if you would like some more information.

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What is sub-surface laser etching?

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The name says it all really. The laser beams inside our machines come together at a point below the glass surface. When they fire they create a minute fracture around 0.02mm in size, and these fractures appear as white dots.

The software used, takes your image and turns it into many hundreds of thousands of pixels/dots to form the image. After these settings are calculated, a beautiful piece of K9 quality crystal glass is positioned inside our laser machine. The bed that the crystal sits on is able to move up and down as well as in all directions.

The beauty of this product is that the 2D or 3D image is captured within the glass rather than on the surface. The image won’t tarnish or show signs of wear over time. It’s truly captivating in its purity.

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What we can do for you

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Our crystal ornaments and keyrings do not contain generic images. They are designed to be fully customised and incorporate your images and text. They are a fantastic gift to give someone for all occasions and they will last a lifetime.

There are so many variables and subtle changes that can be added or taken away to create the final piece, so it really is up to you. For example, a 2D image can have the background left showing, so it looks like a black and white version of the whole photo etched into the glass. Alternatively, the background can be cut away to just show the subject. You can even add your own text.

Some of our crystals are relatively shallow but can still have the image inside in 3D. Those crystals are listed in both categories in the shop page. As you can imagine turning a 2D image into a 3D model takes time and costs more.

Find your perfect 2D or 3D crystal with our online shop, simply upload your image and text and leave the rest to us! If you’re not sure if your desired image is suitable, don’t hesitate to call or email us. Alternatively, you can come in and see us in person at our store in Taurus Crafts, located in a beautiful area of Gloucestershire. 

 

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Making our 3D crystals

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It’s important that the image is of good quality and the subject is looking forwards towards the camera as much as possible. This helps map out the points of the head/face accurately and get the best outcome.

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4 Types of market leading software are used to make the head/face into a 3D image ready for laser etching. We never scrimp in this process so we can create the best end product for you. 

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Hundreds of thousands of tiny fractures are produced by the lasers. These fractures appear as white dots and form the detailed model inside the crystal. The laser builds up the layers as its working.

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Guides for suitability

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Here are some pictures as a guide to their suitability for 3D work

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Side views make it difficult to click all the reference points needed to map out the head.

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The software doesn’t know what a tongue is, so when the head was meshed into 3D, the pink of the tongue became the whole lower jaw and neck.

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Once all background detail is removed from the photo, there is no mouth or neck detail to work with.

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