Q: I might want to learn more about detailed carving, as opposed to simple sandblasted surface design, but I am primarily a fused glass artist and can only get limited time for my art, so I hesitate to expand my goals further at this point.
A: I agree, sandcarving is a lot more interesting in comparison to regular surface sandblasting. I now included a lot of tutorials showing how to do these techniques in Module 3 of my members area. You can also do some interesting techniques with the surface type by mixing in shading techniques or cream to give it different appearances. I included a photo of an example project that mixed the cream with surface sandblasting. It turned out interesting. So there are other options to creating artistic etchings without getting into carving techniques.
In my opinion, it doesn’t take too much time to expand into carving though, especially when you’re working with two stages or less. But if you’re working with more than two stages, drawing your own stencils by hand, and etching various objects together, it can take a serious amount of time and skill. You can check out an example by Kyle Hunter, which probably took him longer than most people have the patience for.
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