January 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

How to Sandblast Glass Tutorial

This is just another step by step tutorial on how to sandblast glass that I took awhile ago. The images were on my camera doing nothing, so I thought I would post them on here and maybe it will help someone. So here it goes:

  1. In the first step, I found a pattern to use. It doesn’t have to be a design specific to this hobby as some people think. It only needs to be black and white. I used my computer and cutter like I explained to you in the etching manual: glassetchingsecrets.com/info.html.
    A stencil created from a design and cut out on vinyl.
  2. Second, I removed the backing paper from the stencil and aligned it on the flat piece of glass. Use a squeegee to place the vinyl stencil smoothly on the glass without any air pockets. Make sure its masked off around the edges to prevent over blast.
    Aligning the vinyl stencil on flat glass.
  3. Third, sandblast the over the cut out areas of the stencil. I think I used about 30 pounds per square inch for the air pressure.
    Step showing the stencil being sandblasted.
  4. After its etched evenly, peel off the stencil and masking tape.
    Removing the stencil after its etched.
  5. And here is the finished product. I know the project is simple, but please hit the Like button below or share it with someone.
    An example of a flat glass etched with a logo.

If I see that people like this tutorial, I will be posting more ones with better content this spring. Lately, it has been too cold for me to sandblast outside. Also, if your new to this type of etching, you can read more about abrasive blasting glass or sand carving processes. OH, yeah- don’t forget to leave a comment!

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I am the owner and creator of this website. I got my start in etching many years ago. At first I wanted to start a business, but after finding a lot of cool information through countless hours of researching, I decided to etch as a hobby and build this website to help others. -Eric

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44 comments so far

  1. AussieKev

    January 24th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Very simple editorial but great as a starter for beginners. It should be followed up with more complex editorials. But a good start if you don’t have the manual.


    January 24th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    i would like to know more about this –thank you

  3. Thomas DuBourg

    January 24th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Great tutorial! That was a big help for me as a raw beginner! THANKS!

  4. Advocate Mahinur

    January 24th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Very nice

  5. Phyllis

    January 24th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Justgetting started in etching…..excited to see the tutorials on sandblast as well as glass etching. Thanks for the info I have already devoured!

  6. Marie

    January 25th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Interesting, Eric… Keep up the good work and expand!:-)

  7. Rick

    January 25th, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Another fine piece of instructional material. Keep ‘em coming!
    Much Appreciated!

  8. Renata

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Hello, very interesting this tutorial … will certainly help many of us to develop a work that encourages us to seek new techniques, new compositions, new horizons. Thank you. Hugs


  9. Barbara

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Great tutorial, Question I see you are not using a sandblast box, Are they necessary? I am a soon to be beginner. If I have equipment needed.

  10. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    The sandblast cabinets aren’t required unless laws in your area prohibit outside sandblasting. Either way, they are helpful at protecting you from sandblast abrasive and it keeps all of the abrasive together for reuse.

    Just make sure you wear protective clothing & gear if you don’t use a cabinet. I like to lay out a tarp to collect it all if I’m not using my cabinet.

    Thanks for all the comments!

  11. Brenda

    January 26th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Your tutorials are very helpful. Keep them coming. Thanks.

  12. slaoki

    January 27th, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Dear Eric,

    thank you very much for your kind email, will be waiting for your next tutorials.

    warm regards

  13. gaffer girls

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    awesome thanks Eric ..

    have a wonderful weekend …
    do you have a YOUTUBE CHANNEL
    .mo & the girls

  14. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    @ gaffer girls – yes, I do but its nothing I’m proud of. LOL the videos are terrible

  15. Dawn

    January 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for your tutorial. I’ve used the sandblaster at a local stained glass shop. I loved it but would like my own setup. I would need to work outside too. Can you tell me about the equipment you are using? I have a small air compressor already but I’m not sure it is big enough to use for sandblasting.

  16. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    January 27th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    @ Dawn, I am using a pressure pot sandblaster. Not sure which compressor Im using since I have access to 3 of them.

    It depends on the size of the compressor, but if its too small, yo might be only able to use a mini sandblaster which wont let you carve.

    Look at the air specification on the side of the air compressor and see if its sufficient for the sandblaster air requirements that you want to buy. Look for CFM, Max PSI, and check out the air tank size. Larger these number- the better though.

  17. Kelly Alge

    January 27th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Check with your local art museum or university, they may rent time to use their equipment… Toledo Museum of Art charges only $10 per hour to rent the coldworking shop :)

  18. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    January 27th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the info Kelly. Thats awesome. I used to live up near there when I went to BGSU.

  19. Pauline

    January 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for this great tutorial. I am a lampworker and sanblaster wannabe so will wait with interest for any other tutorials you put out. Many thanks for sharing.

  20. Amin Muhammad

    January 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Good! Explained in a very simple way. I would like you to explain how to engrave Half tone image on glass.(from converting the image to sand blasting. Thanks.

  21. Pat

    January 28th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    That is a nice project. I have done some etching on wine bottles too. There is a market. I am looking forward to more of your work. I like it.

    Thank you for your time and knowledge.

  22. CK artist

    January 31st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for the nice tutorial – it might be simple to you but for some of us that haven’t done it yet – gives us a nice intro. Thank you for taking the time . . . I want a sandblaster soooooo bad!

    I think by the posting everyone has posted here that you can see we’re ready to learn :)

  23. Ganesan

    February 10th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Hi, Great work. Sure a booster for beginers like me. Can you specify the grit size of the sand. Thanks

  24. Dave

    March 4th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I was curious about the blasting nozzle shown in the third photo. I’ve been trying to find something like that for use in glass etching with a small pressure pot. But I haven’t come across anything like that. Can you point me in the right direction to find one ?

  25. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    March 4th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Dave, I made that nozzle. Its a variable nozzle that I made out of inexpensive materials.

    I’ll be releasing plans on how to easily make one this spring or summer in my membership site. I just have to get everything together.

  26. tony bennett

    March 10th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Theres that home made gun again Eric, did you do a tutorial on building one yet please?

  27. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    March 10th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Hey Tony, good to hear from you and sorry no- not yet. I have priorities to work on first and should get to it soon.

    I thought I read from one of the forums that you picked up a PAB blaster. If so how is it? I heard they have a distributor center somewhere across the ocean around there also.

    Take care :)

  28. David

    October 24th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    This is most useful. I am a complete beginner. My daughter is a designer and will help to design a pattern for a stencil.We need to replace old patterned door glass dating from 1906. Any suggestions about what a glass company that does sandblasting will need from us would be appreciaied

  29. ruben diesta jr.

    June 6th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    hmmm nice simple and easy..i need more tutorial from you..im here in sorsogon city, Philippines..it is very useful, i need to know more… thanks…

  30. Harry

    September 25th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Hello, I would love to see videos showing how to create half tones then the realistic photo sand blasting on glass with the same photo please. I can do regular sand blasting projects and have many completed. But realistic is what I would like to master. Please help, thank you in advance.
    H Hughez

  31. Harry

    September 25th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I purchased my equipment at SMC, minus the compressor though.
    I purchased mine at Lowes and it all works awesome.

    H Hughes

  32. Cooper

    February 13th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Fantastic job. I need more information on designing on glass. Thank you for the info from London, Ontario

  33. Laurie

    August 21st, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    What is the best vinyl resist paper to use Vector Tape or Pask brand? What is the difference between the two vinyls? Thanks.

  34. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    August 22nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I haven’t used either, so I can’t say. Sorry

  35. Nicole

    October 14th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I always look forward to your email regarding information on sandblasting\etching since I’m new to etching.

    I took a course of 2 hours in Yellowknife while visiting my son on etching recyling bottles and since i already do fused glass I will incorporate it in my designs. I bought a sandblasting cabinet along with a bottle cutter and this will be a winter project to be shared with my husband.

    Great website. Thanks

  36. shaakir

    October 14th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    hi eric… from one of my friend u came know about glass sandblasting. but i culdnt find, whats the chemical used to mix with the sand. my friend didnt let me know what the chemical is. it will be big help if u giude me to do sandblasting successfully.

  37. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    October 14th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    The only time I have seen people mix in chemicals was for wet sandblasting, so I am not sure what he was using or why he used a chemical in his abrasive.

  38. stenio

    March 6th, 2014 at 12:02 am

    ótimas dicas para começar .

  39. john

    April 6th, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Really nice Eric keep them coming.
    Still want more on sand carving. Any sand carving you’ve done?

  40. john

    April 6th, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Can u do a tutorial on etching mirrors from the back side of the mirror? I’ve read about but never seen a finished piece of work. Is this a different way to etch mirrors? Are the results more vivid and pronounced.? Really curious about this technique.

  41. Eric Robert

    Eric Robert

    April 6th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hi John, if you are a member, I have all types of tutorials for etching mirrors here: http://www.glassetchingsecrets.com/member/module-7/

    Also, there are sandcarving tutorials.

  42. Clive

    May 25th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    looking forward to more tutorials.
    Thank You

  43. Jay

    June 12th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I would love to have a small sandblast gun like the one shown in this tutorial and also to know what media and grit you use. Do you do the actual blasting in a cabinet? Just set up my cabinet and am using fine sand with the Harbor Freight gun supplied with the cabinet. The gun is very sporadic and need to find a new smaller one. Thanks

  44. oscar

    August 3rd, 2014 at 11:10 am

    As always, a great tutorial , i would like to sandblast & see the difference as I do it with a dremmel . I always enjoy your videos too.

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