Photoresist Stencil Image Art

Producing an Image for a Photoresist Stencil

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

When trying to produce a photoresist stencil, begin by creating the image you wish to re-create. Often, simple clipart is being used, which you can find online or purchase from a collection. For both sources, it is important to point out the issue of copyright — just because a design is online, or you bought a collection of artwork, does not mean that you have the right to use it. Please read the fine print for bought collections. When online, you will be informed right away as to what you need to do in order to use a design. 

—Ruth Dobbins, EtchMaster