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40 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 a 5-mil resist. e thicker the resist, the better it holds up to the sand and heat pro- duced from sandblasting. When first getting started, it is a good idea to buy a starter kit so you can test various resist thicknesses and ensure you get all the needed exposure items. If you want to do heavy carving into glass, sand- carving vinyl is made for this. You can get thick, high-tack vinyl that allows you to carve the most aggressive designs out there. Generally, my go-to vinyl supplier is Hartco 300 series; this has worked well for glass and some stone blasting. Squeegee – is tool helps you place your resist or vinyl onto glass with mini- mal air bubbles. To use effectively, place your design onto the glass and press the resist/vinyl down from the top to the bot- tom in one straight line. Next, use the squeegee to work from the middle of your design to the closest edge. is forces the air out of the design and to the closest edge. By working from the middle to the edge, you avoid trapping the air while try- ing to remove it. Bubble Popper (a ka Wire W heel Brush) – This little gem is a lifesaver. When I first started out, I did not know about the wire wheel brush and constantly had issues with centers of letters blowing off when blasting. Turns out that there was a trapped air bubble that lifted the resist off the glass and allowed the centers of letters to not adhere to the glass. e wire wheel brush pops the mem- brane of the resist, removing the trapped air, and allows you to press the resist onto the glass and avoid costly ruined pieces. Two-Inch-Wide Masking Tape – is is the one supply that drives me crazy, and I can't seem to live without it. I like to use the two-inch-wide tape because it quickly covers the glass I do not want blasted. e tan-colored masking tape from Home Depot works well and isn't too expen- sive. e reason the tape drives me crazy is because you only use it for a short time and then it goes straight to the garbage. The first sandcarved piece I did was of an eagle's head. Some early work I did included a set of wine glasses.

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