With a little imagination, you can easily create marvelous artwork.
Glass etching is a process that abrades or chemically eats areas of shapes or patterns into the glass which creates a rough frosted image. The frosted areas become noticeable with an elegant and unique white appearance. The design is elegant because the details that make up the image are nothing but the glass itself. I consider it to be a unique type of glass art because it can be done through multiple techniques.
I became a huge fan of etching years ago and was astonished by the creativity and endless possibilities of what types of items you could create. My first idea was to start a business doing this line of work, so I sought after inexpensive equipment. I found a lot of sources and learned how to get into this industry at lower prices, so I turned that business idea around to create this site offering my information manual which is aimed to help others. Click on the cover below to get a glimpse of it:
In this post, we are featuring Dominique from Carving Marvin and their sandblasted rock projects. She replied to our email newsletter about engraving large rocks with ways to transport them. She sent in these photos of her engraved rocks of all sizes and was happy to be featured! The below photo shows Dominique with her display of rocks at a show. This reminds me of when I helped out a
I’ve always said that home-made items make the best gifts for loved ones because it shows you put a lot of time and effort into it for them. And with us glass etchers, we can also customize those items with their name and create something elegant. Here is one Valentine’s Day gift DIY idea I did a while back which is inexpensive, fun and meaningful. I etched a glass heart
You may have a similar problem when your vinyl cutter starts cutting out a stencil or decal and the vinyl gets caught up in the blade so it wrinkles it all up. It is quite frustrating, especially when you are using expensive stencil material! In another way to explain it, while the vinyl cutter is moving along, doing its task, the blade then kinks up the vinyl which should have
I recently sandblast engraved this larger rock project, and boy did I forget how heavy these are to pickup and maneuver. It isn’t overly enormous like some of the boulders Ross shared with us here. He actually sandblasted some of those on-site. It is more ideal to transport your pressure pot and gas-powered air compressor to the site for those type of huge boulders. Simply wheel them up onto a
I recently did a deep sandblasting, which I sometimes consider single stage sandcarving, if it’s a engraved a considerable amount more than surface etching. This time I decided to test how the glass would look after blasting a very course aluminum oxide abrasive- I believe it was around 30-50 grit in my pressure pot system. Traditional Abrasive Grit Recommendation for Sandblasting Glass If you have been in the glass etching or sandcarving industry for a while, you may know that traditionally a finer abrasive is always recommended. Usually around 150-180 grit or even up to the finer 220 grit. This might be partially recommended because those ranges are typically needed when using the photoresist stencils, which many folks use. In addition to that, other folks have always said finer abrasive