Often times you will want to etch for practice or maybe its just your first time. My best advice is to use old scrap glass to experiment. This way you are not wasting any of the earths resources and obviously your money. Let’s face it, glass can be expensive sometimes, and you don’t want to spend money on a piece of glass that you might make a mistake on.
There are a few places that have a bunch of glass scraps you can use, often times for free. I have heard of a few people that they go to a glass manufacturer located nearby. If you live in a city, I’m sure you have one. Just look in you local directory phone book such as Yellow Pages. Sometimes the glass that they throw in the trash is good enough for your regular etchings also. In fact, in my recent post, I shared tips on doing this in more detail.
Here’s another idea. Last week I someone asked me some questions because they wanted to try this sandblasting thing out. It was their first time, so I suggested using an old glass bottle. We cut out some stencils and placed them on a used beer bottle as shown above. A random design was picked out of many in my library of graphics which was a sea horse.
Using an old bottle allows you to recycle its purpose for practice reasons and then you can still recycle the bottle after its been etched. It’s not just limited to beer bottles either. You can try it on wine bottles and spaghetti sauce jars, along with many other items we typically throw away.
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