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ETCHING By Ruth Dobbins How to Start Glass Awards & Gifts 34 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 Sandcarving is the method of choice for etching glass in most situations. (Image courtesy IKONICS Imaging) FACT BOX: Estimated Cost of Entry: Blasting systems vary in price according to size and features from $1,500 to $10,000. Compressors suited for this work can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $6,000. The basic equipment and materials for stencil production cost around $500. If you are going to do a lot of color application, a spray booth may be a good investment (about $350). Respirators for color applica- tion area are approximately $50. Basic Equipment Needs: Blasting equipment consisting of a cabi- net, a pressure blaster, a dust collector, and reclaimer; a computer with graphics software; a special art film material to print your images on; an exposure unit, art film, and photoresist, and possibly a washout station; tables for product preparation, clean-up, and/or color application; and an appropriate respirator. Shop Space Required: General space requirements for any system is about 3 to 4 linear feet; a darkroom-style set up for stencil pro- duction; and a preparation area—a clean space away from blasting activities. Time Needed to Become Proficient: Generally anyone can learn the basics in a few hours to a day. Getting proficient depends on ability and hours put into the work. To really learn the ropes, I would say it takes about six months to a year. SAND CARVING

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