Producing Stencils/Masks for 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.

If a business has automatic washout equipment, then the ideal layout is maximizing every inch of the size of a photoresist sheet. Set the image in a 1/4" or 1/2" box. The outline of a box is a trim line for mass production. Use cover paper as a backing liner to produce stencils ahead of time; the cover paper will glide the photomask stencil through trimer, making stencils in record time. 

Purchase rolls of photoresist film and use print film in rolls; this means a larger printer that can handle the capability of increased stencils in one layout. Another great investment is a larger exposure unit. 

—Liz Haas, Rayzist