Printing Artwork for Photoresist Stencils

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

It’s essential that the printer in use produce the densest black possible. You will find big differences between brand names—I advise checking the quality of the black areas before you produce a lot of artwork originals that may end up not dense enough. The reason you need a dense black is that the black areas block the exposure light source to produce the image to be blasted. 

—Ruth Dobbins, EtchMaster