A Hose Check

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

Since all blasting systems use hoses to connect the individual components, it is a good idea to check the conditions of these on a regular basis. This is especially true for any more flexible hoses inside of the blasting cabinet, which are usually air hoses and not reinforced abrasive hoses. Wherever such a hose is bent, the abrasive is most likely to wear a hole through the hose. This will eventually happen to the reinforced hoses as well. If you spot a wear in a hose, change it out right away to avoid getting abrasive all over your work area.