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

Ruth Jan 2018

Ruth Dobbins

With over 40 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in all glass-etching techniques as well as in fused and cast glass. Ruth holds a master’s degree in art and has been a partner in an art glass wholesale supply and studio company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program, before joining forces with her late husband Norm. You can reach Ruth by email at or by phone at 505-473-9203.

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