One Small Voice
by Laura McGaffey
Articles originally published in "The Voice in the Desert"

Enchanted Etchings
August 2004

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As I mentioned last month, here in the Sulphur Springs Valley we have quite a number of talented artistans. Rob assembles old and worn cast offs into beautiful new creations. At the other end of the spectrum, Susan and Carlos use a technique to blast away pieces of material from crystal, glass, ceramics, marble, stone, and even laminated wood, to create a myriad of beautiful, enduring artistic pieces.

Susan and Carlos Hernandez operate Enchanted Etchings and can create personalized and customized etched items for just about any occasion. Susan has designed several wedding, baby shower, and other family oriented gifts that Enchanted Etchings personalizes for each recipient. Dillards and other national chains have shown great interest in selling these gifts through their online gift registries.

Susan started etching glass, marble, and various other materials eight years ago. I visited her at home recently where she showed me some of her early pieces as well as some lovely items she created during an intensive 8 hour a day, two week class she took a couple of years ago to expand her expertise. I took closeups of an aquarium scene and a dragon that are wonderful examples of her work.

With the process Enchanted Etchings uses they can etch almost any black and white representation of an image onto nearly any material. The glass from which I drank iced tea was etched with a really cute panda bear and their walls are decorated with plates designed and etched by Susan, including a black plate with their family crest etched into it and filled with gold paint.

In March one of Carlos' uncles passed away. For a memorial, Susan used her design talents and etching skills to create a headstone of travertine which was placed by his family at his resting place in the Pearce Cemetery.

Carlos grew up here and remembers the days before Sunsites. Susan has lived in Sunsites for 10 years. They were married on July 3, 2003. So, on July 3, 2004, out came one of Susan's creations - an etched plate to be used only once, on the newlyweds' first anniversary, when they finally ate the top layer of their wedding cake which has been kept safe, secure and frozen for a whole year. The plate is one of the designs Enchanted Etchings offers in its line of personalized wedding gifts.

For more information about ordering personalized or customized gifts, awards, memorials, or other etched items directly from Enchanted Etchings contact Susan or Carlos at 826-3938.