As your company grows, it is likely that you will want your candle glasses to be a bit more distinctive. Whilst many companies (including several well know luxury brands) continue to use labels, another option is to have your glasses customised in some way.
When we say 'customised', in most cases we are referring to decorating pre-existing glass shapes. Whilst we can source or even create new glassware, the cost of doing so can be prohibitive for all but the largest of brands. For example, glass moulds for 'pressed' glasses can cost tens of thousands of pounds with minimum order quantities in excess of 30,000 pieces. This is out of reach for most businesses. Hand blown glass can be made in smaller volumes, but MOQs remain significant and variability can be problematic for decorating and packaging.
The good news however, is that from as little as 1000 pieces, Candle Shack can provide you with fully branded glassware. This can include custom colours (excluding electroplating), printed logo's and special finishes.
There are three main factors to consider when colouring glass:
- Internal or External Colour. The glass can be coloured on the inside, on the outside, or even both. When coloured on the outside, the glass can often look more like a ceramic, as the base is hidden by colour.
- Matt, Gloss or Frost. The paint can have a matt finish, a high-gloss finish or a frosted finish. A frosted finish has an etched feel and is the least reflective option.
- Opaque or Semi-Translucent. The paint can be fully opaque, completely hiding the contents, or can be semi-translucent. When using semi-translucent colour, you need to be mindful of the wax, as it can alter the finished look of the product.
There are four main print options for glassware as follows:
- Standard Screen Print. This is a single process, where coloured paint is applied to the glass using a screen printing machine. As with glass colouring, there are a wide variety of colours available and they can be matt or gloss in appearance.
- Hot Foil Print. This is a dual process, where the glass is first screen printed with a special paint and then foil is applied in a second stage. Foil can be gold, silver, rose gold or standard colours such as black. It is more expensive than screen printing, due to having two processes.
- Precious Metal Print. For internally coloured glass only, the branding can be applied to glassware using precious metals such as 22ct gold and platinum. This is similar to foiling, but offers far greater resolution for finer details. Due to the materials used, this is one of the most expensive decorating techniques; the cost being based on the size of the artwork.
- Decals/Transfers. As with ceramics, pre-printed transfers can be used if multiple colours are required in your artwork. In fact, transfers can often contain layers of standard colours and foils. These 'transfers' are printed by a specialist company and then hand applied before being 'fired' onto the glass in a kiln. As this process involves multiple suppliers and processes, costs are typically higher than any of the other methods, particularly in lower volumes.
If you would like to find out more about branding your glassware, please complete the form below and a member of our sales team will get back to you as soon as possible.