They say the Earth without art is just…Eh.  We agree! Art can be much more than something to hang over that weird spot that just showed up on the wall, especially when it evokes a memory of a special place, special time, or special someone.  Best of all, a custom piece is truly a one-of-a-kind gift for yourself or someone else.  Your walls deserve something unique, something a step or so above, the same-old same-old.


Some of the earliest forms of art were done on stone.  We’re not saying that some future Indiana Jones will embark on an adventure of epic proportions to find the origin story of a slate art piece from RustBelt Origins.  We are sure your custom piece will bring you or the recipient joy for many years. As a material, slate can evoke a sleek modern feel, a rustic esthetic or even a paleolithic mood.   They can also be used for farmhouse type signs and industrial wall décor.  Our slate pieces are usually done on rectangles, though other shapes may be available. Regardless of the shape,  your piece will look great on a tripod or hung on a wall.

Etched Glass

Glass isn’t just for windows. RustBelt Origins can transform a piece of glass into a distinctive piece to occupy a special place in your home. Your cherished wedding photos, baby pictures, still images you’ve taken of your favorite places, or keepsake documents (your wedding invitation, a graduation diploma for instance) can be etched on glass for a piece that will last long after the photo fades.  For next level coolness, your photos can be made into a sketch and then engraved.  These pieces are great Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday, wedding and anniversary gifts. (Really – they make a great gift for any occasion!) You just need to provide a high quality photo and we’ll send you a piece that will elicit the oooh’s and aaaah’s.  

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Engraved canvases are one of our most popular items.  I started by doing plain black and white images engraved on canvases and thought why not level up.  Through trial and error, I stumbled on a process of creating almost a watercolor effect.  Each canvas is hand-painted so each one is an individual work of art.  Below are some samples of the canvas collections I’ve done. You may recognize some of these places. They each are from some of my favorite cities. If you have a much-loved place, person or thing, we can create something totally unique to personalize your space.

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