Awards & Engraving

September '16

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A&E SEPTEMBER 2016 • 59 Sandcarving paint to cover up any tiny holes in the gold, which invariably happen (called "holidays"). Finally, the letters and the outline area got painted with the black paint to give all a greater protection from cleaning processes. FINISHING UP I was forever cleaning up paint specks with my razor blade. Doing this work with my magnifiers on could literally go on and on. Again, I had to find a stopping point, knowing that with the naked eye, any viewer would hardly see these irri- tating specks. After finally giving up on scraping, the final step was to remove the narrow outline that separates the back- ground from the design elements. Sixty- three hours later, I was finally finished. Needless to say, this took more time than just the weekend. In addition to the actual work time, there were several intervals in which I had to sit and collect myself before being able to move forward again, all while my client was clamoring for the panels. When I was done, I packed the panels up and delivered them to the bar only to find out that they were doing some renovations and would not install the panels for a while—they ended up all wrapped up in a storage room and I, I forgot to take a picture of the finished pieces before delivering them! Grr. © Ruth L Dobbins 2016 With over 35 years in the glass business, Ruth Dobbins offers experience in fused and cast glass, as well as in glass-etching techniques. Ruth holds a Master's Degree in Printmaking and Art History and has been a partner in a stained and fused glass wholesale supply company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program. For 20 years, she collaborated with her husband Norm Dob- bins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to techniques for glass etching. Norm & Ruth taught these tech- niques for 30 years in the U.S. and other coun- tries. Ruth continues these venues by offering a complete training program at Aliento School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and by teaching at various trade shows. One-on-one training and consulting services are also offered. You can reach Ruth by email at, by phone at 505-473-9203. Half of a panel with the clear lines exposed. A&E After the ochre paint, all is backed up (painted) one more time with black paint for durability. I could have used more ochre, but the black is traditional. Last step: peeling off the resist from the clear outlines around all design elements.

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