What gear is required when sandcarving in a blast room?

To blast in a blast room, you must wear a protective suit – I wear a Tyvek suit with a hood (see photo below). You also need a respirator mask, half-face or full-face, which is hooked up to a special air pump that produces safe breathing air from outside the blasting environment. Lastly, I advise wearing a helmet with a face shield to protect your eyes during blasting.

-Ruth Dobbins, EtchMaster

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Dobbins wears a Tyvek protective suit with a full-face mask while in the blast room. (Image courtesy Ruth Dobbins)

Ruth Jan 2018

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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