Reclaim Your Abrasive

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

There is a way of getting your abrasive back. In order to make that possible, you need a gadget that is well worth the money: it’s called a reclaimer or dust separator. This piece of equipment is installed between your cabinet and your dust collector and spins out any usable abrasive into a container before the rest of the dust actually goes out into the dust collector. Since we all pay good money for our abrasives, it is nice to be able to re-coop some of it.

These are smaller, inexpensive, and separate units you can obtain versus other systems that have the dust collector and reclaimer as one unit attached to your cabinet. Separate reclaim units sell from $50 to $200, while the attached units are figured into the price of the whole system, without necessarily being given a separate value.

—Ruth Dobbins, Professional Glass Consultants

Read more about dust collectors for your sandcarving system in this July ’18 issue from A&E.