Frequently Asked Questions
Is Sandblasting Durable/Permanent?
Sandblasting is one of the most durable image transfer method out there! Since the sandblasting process removes the top layer of glass or ceramic glaze by carving into it, the only way to remove the design would be to melt it down in a kiln.
There are a lot of decals and screen printing out there on dishware that looks like etching, but they wear off with time. Our process will never do that! Sandblasting also has a smooth, even finish, unlike laser-etching (which shows a matrix pattern on its etched surface) and acid cream etching which can be splotchy and uneven.
Are Your Products Dishwasher- and Microwave-Safe?
Yes! All our glassware and ceramics are food-safe, and can be washed in a dishwasher, even sanitized! The design will never fade, wear, stain, or scratch. We recommend hand-washing silicone travel lids in case of warping, but occasional dish-washing on a normal cycle should be fine.
All mugs and bowls are microwave-safe as well, and shouldn't get any hotter than any other microwave-safe cups.
Our metal cups should definitely not go in a microwave (yikes!), but they are dishwasher-safe.
Are Your Products Made in USA?
We buy blank glass and ceramic items, and sandblast our original artwork onto them by hand in Portland, OR. All our glassware items are made in the USA, but our ceramic mugs are made in China, which is considered "assembled in USA".
We are always looking for affordable American-made products that we can sandblast onto. These are very hard to come by, as USA-made ceramics tend to be handmade, and very expensive. If you are a ceramicist who'd like to work with us, let us know!
Are Your Products Lead-Free?
The glazes used on our mugs meet California’s Proposition 65 strict limits for leaching of lead and cadmium (0.99 ppm lead and 7.92 ppm cadmium). In fact, our glazes are non-detect at testing detection limits well below (< 0.01 ppm for both). This is really fantastic!
What is the Life Expectancy of Your Products?
Technically, they should be able to last multiple lifetimes. We understand that accidents happen, and our items are definitely fragile, but they aren't any more fragile than most other dishware on the market. We consider them more sturdy than some other brands available, and keep our standards quite high for durability.
To prolong the life of your Bread and Badger cups and avoid breakage, we recommend against nesting (stacking them inside or on top of each other), and storing or washing them in sinks made of concrete, stone, or ceramic.
Some staining of silicone lids is unavoidable on lighter colors, so we recommend choosing darker colored lids if this bothers you. They shouldn't have any odors, but some customers with sensitive noses have claimed that new lids have a smell, or that old ones retain a smell. Washing in a dishwasher, or soaking in white vinegar should fix this. Washing silicone lids with scented dish soap could possibly aggravate odors.
What is Sandblasting?
Sandblasting is an artistic process that permanently carves a design onto an item. We sandblast onto glass, glazed ceramics, and stainless steel, but sandblasting can also be done on other hard materials (like stone).
I create digital art, which is printed onto transparency film, and then used to create a self-adhesive photo-emulsion sandblasting stencil. Each item has a single-use stencil applied to its surface with a burnisher, then it’s carefully masked. The final etching step is a trip into our professional blasting cabinet, where high-pressure silicon carbide grit carves the permanent design.
Here we're sandblasting a ceramic mug through the glaze:
Watch more videos about our process on YouTube.