Just Brush It Off

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

When blasting with fine-grit-size abrasive such as 220 or finer, you notice that your project is covered with abrasive dust once you finish blasting. To avoid getting the abrasive out into the air of our shop, we keep soft 2”-wide brushes inside of our cabinets. Once you stop blasting, leave the dust collector running, open the door carefully and then brush off most of the dust (one never gets it all!) inside of the cabinet with the dust collector evacuating the dust. You will be able to keep your shop much cleaner this way.