sandcarved sign

Mounting Sandcarved Signs and Plaques

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

Sandcarved signs and plaques can be mounted by drilling holes through the glass and using metal standoffs to mount the glass to a wall. When using standoffs, it’s important to have the holes drilled to accommodate the diameter of the standoffs. The size of the standoffs is directly related to the weight of the glass piece to be mounted.

You will have to supply a template for the glass fabrication as to where the holes need to be drilled. Then, it is important to match the holes of the glass with the possible metal backdrop you are going to have fabricated; the holes of both objects have to match up since the standoffs will have to pass through both in order to attach them to the wall.

—Ruth Dobbins, EtchMaster