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2 4 G R A P H I C S P R O O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S tage carving is the method of creating realistic dimension in glass (some use the term di- mensional etching). Carving is achieving depth into glass, and stage carving is etching in sections or steps. Creating a shape in glass is attainable with nozzle control and angles. Stage carving is completely produced by hand from the mind of the creator. Truly talented stage carving artists possess pa- tience. Most stage carved designs begin by rendering a hand drawn design that em- phasizes what is important or shows what is to be deeply recessed into the glass surface. In our sandcarving workshops, every student stage carves the eagle in Figure 1 as their last project. This is a 16-stage carve that allows the student to practice using nozzle control, angles, and low blast pres- sure to shape each section. We'll use this for our how-to example in this article. Every pass with the blasting nozzle cre- ates dimension and shape, some inten- tional and some not intended, which can develop a less desirable effect. The grain is erasing glass approximately 1/1,000 of an inch with each pass that crosses over the substrate. It is important that every pass is intentional and has a purpose to create the shape. You do not have to be an artist to stage carve, but practice, patience, and artwork is required. Set the Stage HOW-TO BASICS OF STAGE CARVING B Y L I Z H A A S Figure 1. The finished stage carved eagle requires practice and patience. (All images courtesy Liz Haas) A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z AT I O N

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