Awards & Engraving

February '19

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44 a-e-mag.com • A&E FEBRUARY 2019 What are the necessary pieces of equipment and tools needed to sandcarve? "The main piece of equipment needed is an efficient sandcarving machine. There are numerous options available on the market with various features, including dust collection systems, ergonomic seating, in-cabinet LED lighting, and more. Sandcarving abrasive used is either silicon carbide (recommended) or aluminum oxide. Match the machine with artwork for an inkjet printer, an exposure unit, and a high-quality photoresist film, and one is ready for sandcarving." —Michael Sullivan, IKONICS Imaging Why is photoresist so important to the sandcarving process? "Photoresist helps speed up the process of mask-making and allows for much greater detail and consistent quality. The other option is to hand-cut a design with an exacto knife and sandblast mask. While this can be done for some designs, I wouldn't want to attempt text on a crystal award this way." —Braden Todd, Glassmith2 Creative Carving SANDCARVING Q&A Michael Sullivan, IKONICS Imaging Braden Todd, Glassmith2 Jen Jezierski, Crystal D Liz Haas, Rayzist O ne of the most unique and artistic forms of personalizing awards and gifts is sandcarving. The ability to create an end product that features intricate artwork and depth is a favorite among producers all around the industry. Whether you are an experienced sandcarver or just starting out, knowing the process and the basics of how it works is important. Following, a few industry sources answer your top sandcarving questions: Substrates such as glass, crystal, stone, ceramic, marble, granite, and wood are perfect for the sandcarving process. IMAGES COURTESY RAYZIST

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