It can be so hard to think of personal, useful and beautiful wedding gifts. A customer had a flash of inspiration and wanted to know if I could help.
Bespoke piece of furniture
Jess bought a set of large, chunky, interlocking coasters from a furniture maker. They formed four arrow shapes fitting around a four pointed star in the middle. This set really was a piece of furniture. Together, the group measured around 520 x 520mm and the pieces were around 15mm thick. Not your average coasters.
Jess had clubbed together with four other family members to commission them. They each wrote a message of love and support that they wanted to have engraved on the pieces.
Setting up the artwork
Jess gave me a list of the messages and names to be engraved on the pieces. She gave me an idea of how large she wanted the text on each coaster and the three fonts she wanted too. Jess also sent a sketch of how she wanted all the text arranged on the pieces.
I arranged the text for the star in a 60 x 60mm box, and set up 180 x 80mm text boxes for the largest areas of the arrows measuring 260 x 130mm. Jess and I agreed that it would look best if I kept the text on each piece centrally justified, lined up with the left sides of the arrows furthest from the arrow points. All the text was kept to the same size.
Engraving the coasters
Once Jess was happy with the proofs, I engraved the coasters. I aligned each piece of artwork with each coaster section, and used a deep engrave to give best definition to the text for maximum impact.
Jess was really pleased with how the coasters turned out, and the messages made them extra special.
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