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Aligning Stencils on Stone 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

When preparing to sandcarve stone, sometimes you have to cut the stencil apart and piece each individual line onto the stone to avoid the worst cracks and bumps. I do not like to do that, since it somewhat changes the layout from the one presented to the customer, but at times that just can’t be helped. Once you have the stencil in hand, position it on the stone and tape it down somewhere close to the middle of the stencil. 

—Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultants

Read more about applying a stencil to stone in the December ’18 issue of A&E