Awards & Engraving

April '20

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A&E APRIL 2020 • 51 Sandcarving were to blast them to a fairly solid frost, then the whole image would be pretty dense. I wanted to retain some airiness and decided to shade the background, even though it would not block the view com- pletely and therefore not fulfill the need for privacy. It was a risk I was willing to take. After about 35 hours, I finished the blasting process. I removed all the remaining resist on the glass panel and cleaned it thoroughly before applying the protective coating to the blasted side. The installation was scheduled with the glass company that had provided me with the glass panel, and I have to admit I was a tad nervous to see the clients' reaction to the piece. We brought the piece in for installation. Two lengths of metal channel were going to hold the piece in place at the top and the bottom. The men had a few challenges to get everything to line up as the adobe half wall was not completely level, but they got it done. The man of the household was smiling while his wife had tears in her eyes, saying she just loved it. That's a feeling that makes all the work worth it and why I keep doing what I do. ©Ruth L Dobbins 2020 Showing some of the tree trunks carved and textured, leaf clusters, and the background still covered by resist. Showing most of the tree done and the smaller evergreens done. Three guys hard at work to install the glass panel, dealing with the slightly uneven surface. The installed panel. A&E

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