What should I keep in mind when sandcarving metal?

Sandcarving metal will either remove the polish or remove the paint and/or coated surface, revealing a satin finish. Sandcarve the surface until the polish is removed, then stop sandcarving. Continued sandcarving will heat the photomask and possibly leave a residue on the surface.

We prefer to use silicon carbide abrasive when sandcarving metal surfaces. Either abrasive silicon carbide or aluminum oxide will work with this particular surface; however, silicon carbide will provide a bright polish finish.

Sandcarving metals is the fastest of any surface to sandcarve – just seconds in the blaster – and lends itself for a quick and easy way to mark your metal surfaces for best contrast, especially if there is no additional paint being applied.


Liz Haas

Liz Haas

Liz Haas has been a teacher, trainer and show coordinator for Rayzist Photomask for the past 15 years. For the past 10 years, she has actively taught workshops on the photoresist and the sandcarving process.

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