Awards & Engraving

January '17

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52 • A&E JANUARY 2017 ETCH MASTERS Sandcarving edges that refract the light so beautifully. All of these stages require the use of water spray to keep the glass cool during the process. The polishing is accom- plished with a sludge of cerium oxide and felt wheels, which makes this stage a messy one, requiring a thorough cleanup job afterwards. This is how your wonderful glass awards and architectural glass pieces are made. I think you get the picture of how labor/equipment intensive the whole pro- cess is. Best of all, though, is the fact that we are working with a truly sustainable material as all the cut offs and broken glass pieces from the production site are collected in large dumpsters and are being recycled; some will be awards again in a second life or may become part of bottles or other glass containers used. In that regard, we are a green industry, even though our glass is not colored green. © Ruth L Dobbins 2017 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 whole- sale supply company in Europe, which also placed great emphasis on a training program. For 20 years, she collaborated with her hus- band Norm Dobbins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to techniques for glass etching. Norm & Ruth taught these techniques for 30 years in the U.S. and other countries. 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. All cut offs and/or broken glass are accumulated in containers and will be recycled. IMAGE COURTESY SLEE CORPORATION A&E Got News? Share your latest industry news with your target market! Contact: Natalie Jane Frels, Digital Content Editor Upgrade Your Business with CO 2 & Fiber Hybrid Technology 1-909-718-0248 Organic Materials Cutting & Engraving Metal Marking GCC LaserPro Spirit GLS Hybrid ■ Effortlessly Switch Between CO 2 & Fiber Lasers ■ CO 2 & Fiber Lasers Hybridized in One Laser System ■ Economical & VersaŸle Tool for Metal & Organic Materials ■ New GCC LaserPro Electro Luminescence Logo With a Stylish Shine 2017 InternaŸonal Awards & PersonalizaŸon Expo February 8-10, Booth #1807

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