July 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm
I haven’t discussed rock carving much on this website, so I figured this post will share the idea and intrigue you. Some people call it rock sandblasting, rock sandcarving, rock engraving or even etching. The idea of this is to carve text, numbers, logos, or images permanently into a large rock or small stone. This is done by using a sandblaster, which is another benefit to sandblast etching; you can engrave just about everything!
I have done quite a few of these before, first by experimenting with it a few years ago, and then working for a local that had a small side business selling these rocks. I have been recently carving more of them lately and here is one that I have completed.
This was personalized for a co-worker with an icon that looked like her dog, text, and a paw print icon. I found all the graphics for free using my searching techniques and stencil processes explained in Module 2 here. This was a fun project and my co-worker tells me that she often gets positive comments from neighbors when they walk by on the sidewalk. She placed this in her front yard flower garden. These type of rocks are great for decorative garden ornaments.
Anyway, if you have any questions about this, leave a comment below. I will be putting together information and hopefully videos on how to sandcarve rocks soon. In the meantime, you can check out this unique stone carving from a fan.
May 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm
I wanted to create this post to clear up some information that I placed on my site that is somewhat confusing, and explain another etching cream made by Martha Stewart Crafts.
In my free PDF ebook about cream and throughout other pages on this site, I have commented that all etching creams produce fairly similar results. What I meant by that, is just about all the etching creams produce similar results in terms of how much they stand out to become noticeable.
However, the overall finish of the results vary because some cream products are indeed more ideal for producing a consistent etch. The Armour Etch brand can have a rather grainy texture which can yield rough, blotchy etchings that are inconsistent.
The better brands have a very smooth, consistent texture which spreads like mayonnaise. An email subscriber (Jay S.) mentioned this other brand to me as a quality, smooth spreading cream by Martha Stewart Crafts. Although I have never tested it, I assume it is similar to the Etchall brand I tested which is another smooth cream.
With that in mind, I posted different links on where to get the Martha Stewart Craft’s etching cream below.
Since I have not tested it yet, I researched reviews online and found others saying good things about it due to its smooth consistency. If you have used it before, please let us know what you think about it in the comment section.
Thanks and sorry for any confusion.
April 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm
I recently got this question about glass cutters and oil.
“I just received the Toyo glass cutter (which was suggested in my bottle cutter plans). It’s oil filled. How can that work based on the position of the cutter in the guide? Oil does not run uphill. Thanks in advance, Jim”
My response: The oil isn’t necessarily required but it does prolong the life of the cutter and help making a nicer cut. Even if you don’t use the oil, you will still get a much longer lasting life and a much cleaner cut than those cheapie cutters.
If you wanted to, you can just brush a little bit on the cutter wheel before use. Many glass art professionals don’t even use the self oiling thing and just dip it in a small cup of oil. If you are looking for oil, I provided links to some brands below.
- CRL Cutting Oil- Cost is $7.25 for a 4 ounce bottle.
- Novacan Cutter Oil- Cost is $8.95.
- Generic Cutter Oil- Cost is $6.95 for a 4 ounce bottle.
March 29, 2014 at 8:01 pm
I created this quick video which shows you how to register through the member’s area and view all the tutorials on etching and sandcarving. Please press the play button below to view and ask me any questions in the comments area.
The topics covered in the video are:
If you haven’t signed up to get access yet, you can do so on this page. The middle option is the most popular. If you already registered, you can login here: http://www.glassetchingsecrets.com/member/
March 6, 2014 at 9:28 am
Attention: After helping a few others sell their etching equipment, I have been getting other people emailing me. I am happy to help out my subscribers, so here is another person (Sam) who is selling a Jet Stream Two sandblasting system. Again, I am not affiliated with this so please do your own research. Thanks … Eric
Sam shared the following description about the equipment with photos. Click the photos to see the enlarged view. Feel free to ask him any questions in the comments section also.
This is a most popular systems for those who looking in Deep carving capabilities on rock, glass and wood. Great for portability. Full marketing program included.**(If you’d love to start your own business at home – in a career that’s both enjoyable and profitable – here’s a golden and affordable opportunity for you or adding in the laser systems that need deep carving capabilities.)
- PHOTO IMAGE STENCILING SYSTEM
- Exposure System
This exposure system unit is a compact unit which provides exceptional imaging results. The unique cylindrical design provides an exposure area up to an 11″ x 14″ size. With the built-in timer, you are assured an accurate exposure. This system allows you to create Laser precision Detail with no hand cutting. You can create one of a kind or mass production projects in minutes which used to take hours.
** Photo Image Film
The key to creating Laser Precision detail. 10 sheets. (10″ x 12″ size) of 3 mil. thick photo image film.The nice feature with the photo image film is you only have to use the size piece of film for your project so there is no wasted film. You will have plenty of film for many different projects.
** Photo Image Instructions
Written details on the photo image process.
Complete Video Training
The training will take you every step of the way from the proper settings to exposing thru applying to your different surfaces such as Glass, Stone, Wood, Metal and more. You will be making perfect designs right from the start. The Training will show you how to make your larger designs as well. This video walks you through the photo image process step-by-step.
** Trigger Jet Sprayer
The trigger jet provides a unique opportunity for the photo image user to effectively wash out and develop their images after exposure. The trigger jet uses ordinary water. The complete process is environmentally safe. No more hand-washing, the trigger jet allows you to achieve extremely detailed stencils in minutes.
This specially formulated photo image application adhesive adheres the stencil to your surface. This adhesive is sandblast able and water soluble.
** Art Library
Hundreds of designs perfect for sandblasting.
This vellum allows the exposure of light to transmit the black and white artwork to the film, other paper prohibits the light. This combined with the Photo Image Film allows for Laser Precision Detail.
- Tungsten-Carbide Nozzle- 1/8″ long lasting, quick release tip is included.
- 40 lb. Pressure Pot Hopper-Mounted
This great feature allows you to, with simple pull of a lever, filter and fill the pressure pot without touching the abrasive. Another great feature for precise adjustments, is the self-sealing pressure pot for quick media adjustments. We also offer an optional 100lb Pressure Pot for portability. This system is designed for Laser Precision Detail as well as Deep Carving capabilities. Everything about this system is designed and built to handle the delicate detail and the portable projects you will produce. The venturies and mixing valves are all heavy duty built for production.
- Foot Control
Simply put this is the best foot control on the market today. The older style had a diaphragm gasket and had to make many bends and turns to operate. The Easy Flow Valve is straight thru. This means higher flow rates without any disruptions in grit flow. It is a must in producing you products. Lightning fast on/off foot pedal controls the air flow to the handpiece for precise control.
** Abrasive Sand
50 pounds of aluminum oxide, 180 grit.
** Dust Collector
Dual filtration 90cfm, 115 volt with collection 5 micron bag. Including all connections for simple hook up.
** Jet Stream Cabinet
The Jet Stream Two cabinet comes with everything you need. It comes with a pair of comfortable gloves to control the objects being sandblasted. Heavy duty construction. Large side loading door, large viewing windows, oblong arm holes for greater flexibility inside the cabinet, easy adjustment of abrasive mix. The Jet Stream Two is built to withstand the light duty gift items as well as the heavy duty of Stone and Rock carving with everything in between.
** Instructional Video
exclusive training tapes will take you every step of the way from setting up your system to placing your stencils to adding color. We cover all the different surfaces for you. No guess work involved. This training video will walk you through the system set-up and sandcarving techniques on glass, wood, stone, multistage and coloring techniques. How to recycle your grit, going portable, Laser precision detail to deep carving we cover it all for you.
** Instructional Manual
** Complete instruction manual for operation.
Dimensions Overall Inside Window
Width 38.5″ 38″ 25.5
Height 63″ 24″ 10.5″
Depth 24.5″ 24″
Please Call SAM for more information today at 510-798-0366. This is located in San leandro,CA. I can offer the option of shipping or local pickup will be fine.