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4 Popular Pet Products Ideal for Sandcarving

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 the past 20 years, she collaborated with her husband Norm Dobbins in commission work, writing books and creating videotapes on how-to techniques for glass etching. 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, including The Awards & Engraving Show. One-on-one training and consulting services are also offered. You can reach Ruth by email at, by phone at 505-473-9203 and by fax at 505-473-9218. Check out the website at

What are some of the products you can sandcarve for this market? Consider these four popular items pet lovers will adore.

  1. Treat Containers: These can take on many shapes and sizes—basically anything that you can get that fits the category of a cookie jar can be used as a container for pet treats. When thinking of this category, you may want to keep in mind that other substrates besides glass can be etched and/or color-filled as well, such as ceramic, stone or metal containers.
  2. Ornaments: Creating an ornament for the family pet is a nice way to include it in the celebration of the holidays. There are many styles to choose from, from regular glass ornaments to optical crystal ones, beveled or not, with faceted edges or not and, of course, other materials will work here, as well.
  3. Glassware: These items provide the owner of a pet with a utilitarian object that shows their affection for the pet. It doesn’t matter what the pet is, an image of it, the name of the pet, and/or a funny saying are often used on such items. The most popular items in this category are coffee cups of all shapes and sizes and regular drinking glasses.
  4. Autonomous Panels: With a freestanding panel, you can create more elaborate scenes that include the pet of choice, or a class of animal that a person has a special affinity for.

—Ruth Dobbins, Etch Master