Finally, if you can’t find a way to embed an object but want to replicate it internally with a real 3-D feel, you may want to consider 3-D etching in crystal. An example of the technique also appears below.

A side view of the airplane featured in the crystal aerospace deal toy  below provides an idea of the detail that can be captured in 3D-etching.

3D Laser Etching in Crystal

Unlike Lucite, objects cannot be physically placed inside crystal, but this technique should be kept in mind because the effect can really be stunning.


David Parry is the Director of Digital Strategy for Prestige Custom Awards, a designer and provider of custom corporate awards ranging from creative employee and client recognition awards to the NFL Commissioner’s Awards, and ESPN’s ESPY award. The company has almost 40 years of experience embedding objects in Lucite.