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38 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 By Braden Todd F or those just beginning in the world of sandcarving, let's go over the basic steps and techniques it takes to sandcarve a work of art. To begin, 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. First and fore- most, I highly recommend a designated blast room. To get started, you also need some essentials. Sandblast Cabinet – is 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 features like built-in dust collection and the ability to pass larger panes of glass through the cabinet. For the first nine years, I used a cabinet from Harbor Freight, and it served me quite well, but then I found a cabinet from Rayzist and IKONICS Imaging and got really spoiled. e feature I enjoyed most from both blast cabi- nets is that the pressure pot is connected to the cabinet and allows for automatic media recycling. Automatic media recycling saves a lot of time and allows for a lot less dust creation. Pressure Pot – From my experience, using a pressure pot allows for a much better blasting experience, and if you plan on doing a lot of sandcarving, this is the best way to go. Yes, a syphon system will work, but I highly recom- mend a pressure pot. When I first started, I used a pressure pot from Harbor Freight. Although cheap, it served me well and was a great way to enter the sandcarving world on a tight budget. In fact, I still have my original pot around as a backup and for doing items that do not fit in my blast cabinet. Braden Todd is a second-generation engraver and owner of Glassmith2, located in Boulder, Colorado. Braden's expertise ranges from sandcarving, industrial laser cutting/engraving, UV printing, and the other supporting facets that allow Glassmith2 to consistently provide cutting-edge items to its retail and wholesale customers. Questions and wholesale inquiries are always welcome at SANDCARVING GETTING INTO What you need to know according to an industry pro A piece sandcarved by my grandfather Wiley Smith, who owned and operated The Glass-Smith. (All images courtesy Braden Todd) Image courtesy Ikonics Imaging

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