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Keep Glass Unscratched During 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

One of the greatest problems all glass decorators face is trying to keep your project pristine and unscratched. Even though there is no such animal as a piece of glass without a single scratch, we want to minimize the occurrence. When preparing a glass piece for sandcarving, I suggest using the slip sheet of your photoresist to cover the back of the glass and taping it down well; this way you have protection but still are able to see through the piece while blasting. If you are using vinyl or rubber resist, then there is no slip sheet; use some cling wrap instead, but do not forget to tape well. 

—Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultant