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61 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 because it quickly covers the glass I do not want blasted. The tan-colored mask- ing tape from Home Depot works well and isn't too expensive. The reason the tape drives me crazy is because you only use it for a short time and then it goes straight to the garbage. SANDCARVING STEPS Throughout the 12 years that I have been in business, I have taught many employees how to sandcarve. As I tell everyone I teach, your prep work greatly affects your final piece's quality. Work on a clean surface when dealing with your resist. If you have dust on your design and expose it in the Letralite, you will get pin holes in your resist that will ruin your item when blasting. Step One: Before placing your design, clean the glass with denatured alcohol to remove any grease or debris. Take your time placing your design— remove as many air bubbles as possible with your squeegee. Once your design is placed, use your wire wheel brush to pop the membrane on the resist. After pop- ping the membrane, make sure to press the resist onto the glass and force out any remaining trapped air. Step Two: Now that the design has been placed, it is time to mask off the glass. Start by surrounding your design with masking tape; press it down onto the resist to create a seal. Then work your way out from the resist and cover the exposed glass with overlapping layers of tape. I like to hold the piece to the light to see if there are any missed areas that still have exposed glass showing. Step Three: Once the item has been masked off, it is time to go to the blast cabinet. Before placing the piece in your blast cabinet, make sure that no resist has Some early work I did included a set of wine glasses. (Image courtesy Braden Todd) When done correctly, sandcarving yields beautiful results. (Image courtesy IKONICS Imaging)

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