Put the Spotlight on Your Sandcarving

Sandcarving expert Ruth Dobbins points out the two most important elements of a good display.

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The two things of greatest importance are cleanliness and proper lighting. Dust and fingerprints can ruin the impression of fine quality glass in a heartbeat. Spotlighting with low-voltage halogen lights is an excellent technique because it makes all the facets sparkle. Displaying on a beveled mirror gives a striking effect, and one of the best new ways to display a piece of etched glass is edge lighting with a lighted base, where the lights are hidden in the base so you can’t see them. They give the illusion the etching is floating in mid-air. Now lighted bases are available at a reasonable price and can be sold with the piece to increase its value.

-Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultants

Ruth Dobbins

With over 35 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in fused and cast glass, as well as in glass-etching techniques. She owns Professional Glass Consultants with her husband Norm and holds a master's in printmaking and art history.

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