'permanent' markers

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:47:08 PDT
The mention of engraved bricks reminded me that there are companies 
(you can find a number of them on the Internet) that make glazed 
ceramic tiles from any graphic you send them. I had a set of tiles so 
made with Latin verses from Ovid's "Metamorphoses" that describe the 
transformation of people into plants, for a planned section of the 
garden that would feature these myth-related plants. The tiles are 
made by a photographic process that creates a transfer, which is 
applied to the tile under the glaze, and you can get them in 
different standard sizes. These would presumably long outlast the 
plants, and the gardeners as well. I've also recently seen 
laser-engraved rocks (presumably some softer stone such as soapstone) 
with sentimental words and phrases meant to be set in the garden, but 
I did also see some beautiful and tasteful ones done from 
professional calligraphy several years ago.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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