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Direct-to-Substrate S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 I try to keep my dust contained, but that's easier said than done. I highly recommend you have a separate blast room. (Image courtesy Braden Todd) Sandcarving For the first five years, Glassmith2 was a commission-based business as I honed my sandcarving skills and finished college. Excess tuition aid was used to purchase my first blast cabinet, pressure pot, and air compressor. Many nights and weekends were spent sandcarving custom glass orders in a room with dirt floors and a single light bulb hanging over the blast cabinet. During that time, I took what I learned from my grandpa and my own research and trials and errors to put together a basic sandcarving setup and numerous projects that pushed my skills further. GETTING STARTED Now many years later, we offer so much more, but I still like to go back to my roots. For those just beginning, let's go over the basic steps and techniques it takes to sandcarve a work of art. To begin sandcarving, you need some tools and space to work in. I have always tried to keep my dust contained, but that's easier said than done. I highly recommend a designated blast room. To get started, you also need the following items: Sandblast Cabinet – This is where you will blast the glass and other items. You can go cheap or expensive, but the basic and important thing to watch for is how much room you'll have for this process. As the quality goes up, so do The main piece of equipment you need to get started sandcarving is a blast cabinet. (Image courtesy IKONICS Imaging) 58

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