Awards & Engraving

April '19

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A&E APRIL 2019 • 51 Sandcarving Put it into Practice! Now it's time to try it! Learn how to sandcarve and paint a glass bottle online: gevity, it is advisable to use paints created for the monument or sign industry. All of those paints are made with the knowledge that they are going to be exposed to the elements and need to last. One Shot is one brand of sign painter's enamels that is widely used as well as Lithichrome paints or Stone Tone. These paints are available through monument or sign painter supply companies. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS With all paints, educate yourself as to the drying and curing times, which are dif- ferent. Some spray paints dry to the touch in 10 to 20 minutes but are not cured for another 48 to 72 hours. You do not want to deliver the product to your client until the paint is fully cured to avoid damage in handling. You need to plan that into your production time. Should you leave resist material on your product while painting, make sure you remove it as soon as the paint dries to the touch so it cannot form a bond with the paint. If you let it go too long, the resist removal will tear the paint and not give a clean look to the piece. Those are some of the basic consider- ations. There are some other products that can color glass such as bronzing and Mica powders, and then there is gold leafing. Those materials will be discussed another time. © Ruth L Dobbins, 2019 Fused and carved glass sculptures with spray-painted colors. This stone tile is deep-carved and spray painted. A mural consisting of four stone tiles blasted and painted. A memorial stone tile deep-carved and painted in multiple colors. A&E

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