Best Production Setup for Sandcarving Large Panels

Get your gear ready!

It’s easiest to blast large panels in a blast room. Yes, it means putting on all that gear, but the advantage is to be right on top of your glass piece, being able to see clearly what is happening as it is happening. I often opt for holding a light in one hand to accommodate this process.

Also, since there are no limiting factors such as mounted gloves in a cabinet, I am able to blast across a large panel uniformly with even speed without having to stop to move the glass panel in order to be able to reach a certain area. This speeds up the overall blasting process considerably and also reduces the risk of damaging the glass piece in the work process.

-Ruth Dobbins, EtchMaser

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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