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Accommodating for a Lower Budget: Glass Award Bases

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 ruth@etchmaster.com, by phone at 505-473-9203 and by fax at 505-473-9218. Check out the website at http://www.etchmaster.com

To accommodate for a lower budget glass award project, you can provide glass blanks that require bases. To keep these to reasonable prices, they first have to be simple geometric shapes like squares or rectangles. Second, use inexpensive wood bases that cost less than glass bases and require almost no assembly — just insert the glass into the groove in the wood. If you use these to get the lowest cost to your customer, remember to use 1/4” or 3/8” glass. With nicely polished edges, either flat polished or beveled, these are still attractive to customers. 

—Ruth Dobbins, Your Professional Glass Consultant