The Sandcarving Process: For Beginners

Insight for those of you wondering, what exactly is sandcarving, anyway?

Sandcarving produces the highest quality of imprint and in some cases is the only option that fits for a project. The sandcarving process replicates your customer’s artwork with a smooth and precise etch. It can handle a high degree of fine detail and accentuates the true beauty of a crystal award beautifully. Using a pressurized air, a special type of sand is blasted at very high pressure directly onto crystal. This process produces a deep etch that showcases a personalized message or decorative art.

Perfecting the sandcarving process takes time and expertise. The small nuances of this craft ensure that the layers of the crystal are blasted away evenly and perfectly, and can only be learned through trial and error. As with all good things, there are always a few cons; however, in this instance, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.

Sandcarving requires that you have the right equipment, masking materials, and expertise. It is necessary to create a mask to protect the area that should not be sandcarved. Today it is easier than ever before to make masks yourself. However, some manufacturers still prefer to outsource this process to a vendor who specializes in mask-making.

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