Few crafted artists of crystal have been able to master all aspects, from layout of the grid and rough cutting, to fine cutting and polishing.
This is why Anton Unterberger is ranked as one of the few master crystal cutters in the world.
THE GRID: Each crystal designer has his distinctive grid ratio of vertical and horizontal lines that he uses in determining his chosen design. This is the single factor that ties together all the varied designs cutter might have in his repertoire.
THE ROUGH CUTTING: Once the temporary grid has been laid out, a general or primary series of cuttings are executed, using the grid as a guide. The actual design is never drawn; rather the cutter makes his cuts entirely by eye and instinct, cutting from one point on the grid to another.
THE FINE CUTTING: After the rough cutting is complete, the cutter may initiate a series of secondary cuts, ranging from small, highly detailed engravings to broad, bold cuts similar to the rough ones initially done.
POLISHING: All marks cut on crystal are grey or frosted when first incised. In order to bring the cut surfaces to a bright, clear finish, each must be careully polished, either by careful dipping in an acid bath or by wheel buffing. The acid method is the most common, removing not only a surface layer of crystal, but most of the sharp edges and fine detail as well. For many designs, Unterberger choses the slower, time honored method of wheel polishing, just as he was trained to do by masters at the Glasfach Schule (Glass Art School) in Austria.
It takes the steady, skilled hands of a master polisher using high speed wheels and polishes so finely grained that the grey frost literally melts away, replaced by a bright, clear, crystal.
Unterberger, a tireless and critical artisan, personally selects each piece of crystal to be cut, considering such diverse factors as shape, clarity of the crystal, and freedom from any number of manufacturing flaws. Only after each piece is completed and passes his final critical inspection will it receive his personal proclamation of accomplishment and approval - just as other master artisans have done for thousnds of years.
We take pride in bringing this artisan's skilled work to you, and invite you to show its beauty wth pride; the same pride that singles out this crystal from all others - the Unterberger pride.
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