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Page 44 of 103 39 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 Air Compressor – is is essentially the heart of the operation, so get the best one possible. One brand I have come to trust is Quincy. ey are durable and have high CFM ratings that help with long blasting needs. To get started, I used a 60-gallon upright air compressor from Home Depot. It did need to run a lot, but it lasted long enough to afford upgrading to the Quincy models. Blasting Media – Aluminum oxide or silicon carbide are the most popular options. I personally have always used aluminum oxide 180 grit; it is cheaper than silicon carbide and has always served me well. I will add that silicon car- bide may cost more, but it is also supposed to last longer than aluminum oxide. Printer – I originally started out using a laser printer and vellum for my designs. is process did work well, but when doing small, detailed designs, I had some trou- ble when washing out my patterns. To get better results, I switched to an Epson 1430 inkjet printer using clear inkjet transparencies. Using the inkjet printer and transparencies has allowed for more detailed designs and less waste from our resist not washing out properly. If possible, I highly recommend going the inkjet route. Resist/Vinyl – is is what you'll use to make your designs. If you want a lot of detail or small text, washout resist can't be beat. In my experience, washout resist is best for pint glasses, awards, light carving, and even some stone blasting. e deeper you want to carve and the hardness of the substrate determine how thick of resist you should use. Generally, lighter use or objects that are curved do better with a 3-mil resist, and the heavier blasting is better with " Glassmith2 has always focused on designing and producing one-of-a-kind awards using unique materials and processes. We have since expanded from sandcarving and paint- filling to laser cutting and UV printing. The thinking-outside-the-box mentality has remained a constant throughout the growth of the business."

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