The Order of Operations for Sandcarving Techniques

Complete the sandcarving process in the order of the techniques to be utilized.

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Whenever you work on a sandcarving project that involves various techniques, you should always finish the blasting process in the order of the techniques to be utilized: carving first, surface etching second, and shading last. Only after the blasting is completed do you move to other techniques such as gold leafing and/or painting.

-Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultant

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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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