The first and most costly mistake you can make while sandcarving is chipping, scratching or breaking your glass and crystal. Optic crystal is prone to scratches due to its soft nature and high polish finish. Once it’s scratched, it’s extremely hard to refinish, and can only be done with polishing equipment or a third party service. How do you avoid damaging your products? Keep it clean!
- Create a clean working area by working on a lint-free towel.
- Always separate cleaned sandcarved items from unclean ones.
Abrasive can be your worst enemy in the cleaning process. Any abrasive that makes contact with the crystal has the potential to leave a permanent mark. To avert this risk, clean your crystal using a two sink system: the first sink to remove sand and debris from the outside of the crystal, the second to remove the tape safely in clean water.
An optional third sink could be used as a Bar Dip or spot-free rinse to assist in cleaning the glass and crystal. To go a step further, install a rubber mat at the bottom of each sink you’ll be using to clean fragile items, as the handling of them can often be tricky.
Training your staff on these precautions can be the difference of making money on a job or losing profit. Help yourself by establishing a standard procedure and enforcing it.
—Liz Haas, Rayzist