Print Film Affects Detail Quality in Sandcarving

Liz Haas has been a teacher, trainer and show coordinator for Rayzist Photomask for the past 15 years. For the past 10 years, she has actively taught workshops on the photoresist and the sandcarving process.

Choose the best print film for your detailed designs. Often, I find customers trying to get detail in their photoresist film still using vellum or laser film as a print film. Your print film plays a role in the quality of the detail you achieve in your photoresist film. For detailed images, print images with an inkjet printer on inkjet film. This gives you the best detail in your photoresist film. You can still use vellum on your laser printer for the bold designs.

Use the correct photoresist film for your artwork. Identify if the design is suitable for the mil thickness of photoresist film you are using. For example, if you commonly use a 5-milimeter photoresist film but the artwork is detailed, it will work better on a 4-milimeter photoresist film. 

A general rule of thumb for sandcarving: do not etch deeper than the line is wide.

Your customer is relying on your expertise to produce a quality sandcarved item. Don’t be afraid to adjust the artwork for sandcarving. Let your customer know what will look the best. After all, recognition that is not readable is not recognition.

—Liz Haas, Rayzist