Awards & Engraving

May '16

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24 • A&E MAY 2016 O ne of the best ways to learn something new is to ask questions about the topic. Of course, this practice extends into the subject of sandcarving. Asking questions and getting some basic informa- tion can help get the ball rolling if you're a first-time sandcarver. A&E recently spoke with a few sandcarving professionals to help provide some answers to basic sandcarving questions. Q: What equipment does a first-time sandcarver need in his or her arsenal? A well-sealed cabinet, filtration and a 20 to 30 gallon compressor rated for at least 5CFM(cubic feet per minute) are the first and largest investment. A pressure pot can help improve consistency, but most beginner cabinets use a siphon-based unit, which is fine to start with. I recommend getting aluminum oxide or silicon carbide abrasive. I use 220 silicon carbide because it creates less static in the cabinet, and 220 grit is the most versatile for fine detail. You should have a regulator on the compressor and on the cabinet, and a moisture trap on each. Add extra lights in the cabinet. Purchase eye and breathing protection, in case of airborne grit. If you don't have a vinyl cutter, find one that suits the size jobs you plan on doing. I have a 24-inch-wide cutter. —Terri Kieffer, Key4Prints The obvious answer to this is a sand- blaster, but what most first-time users don't realize is you need stencil mate- SANDCARVING 101 IMAGE COURTESY IKONICS IMAGING Don't be Afraid to Ask! Don't be Afraid to Ask!

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