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Creating a ferocious dinosaur carving in glass

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 This is a simplified instruction of carving glass, specifically a carved image of a dinosaur.
This also has a base with LED lights.
 The first step is choosing your glass.  I've used a 3/8" thick glass that is about 22" wide. This will be thick enough to allow a good amount of depth and texture.
 Place a sandblasting specific vinyl on the glass. It's pretty thick but easy to cut. This is the resist for the abrasive that is blasted.
 The design is then drawn on the vinyl, then using precision blades(Xacto type) each line is cut.
Certain sections are lifted at certain times to get the desired effects.
 This is entered in the dinosaur contest....
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Enter-the-Dinosaur-Contest/

 
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Step 1: In the blasting room.

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The first step is choosing your glass.  I've used a 3/8" thick glass that is about 22" wide. This will be thick enough to allow a good amount of depth and texture.
 Place a sandblasting specific vinyl on the glass. It's pretty thick but easy to cut. This is the resist for the abrasive that is blasted.
 The design is then drawn on the vinyl, then using precision blades(Xacto type) each line is cut.
Certain sections are lifted at certain times to get the desired effects.
 

Step 2: How it looks after the carving

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  I'm using a room just for my sandblasting. It has a vacuum system that pulls out the dust, I also have a supplied air hood so I can breath.
 Blasting this sort of imagery is pretty involved, utilizing lots of techniques, changing air pressure to achieve certain depths and looks and using a couple different types of blasting tools.


Step 3: Finished piece

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This is most of the carving stage completed.  The dinosaur is pretty much done, I've carved the top of the glass and done the other deep areas. Next I'll draw out all the background on a thinner type of sandblasting vinyl and do surface etching to complete the look.
 
Hey, I must say, your work is awesome! I have seen your stuff on Youtube as well. I have been working with glass etching quite a bit at our blog.

In fact, we have been featuring other sandcarvers such as in this stone sandcarving post.  Let me know if your interested.  We would enjoy having you as part of the community.  And hopefully we can get some more exposure to your work- since I don't sell this type of work.  Its just a fun hobby for me.

-Eric
hunter-glass (author)  Eric Sandman4 years ago
Thanks for the compliments Eric! Sure, I'll check out your community. It's always interesting to see what others are doing. Cheers! Kyle
Well, its not exaclty a community yet, but I am trying to make it one. What I do is if someone posts an example of their work, I'll email a few hundred of my subscribers about it. That way you can brand yourself a little bit and get recognized for your work. Let me know if your interested. -Eric
hunter-glass (author)  Eric Sandman4 years ago
Yeah sure, I'll add to the community. Hmmm....not sure what I'd post. A carving(and which one), or a wave.....
I love your waves
hunter-glass (author)  hms10182 years ago
Cool...thanks for checking out my work! :)
You ever think about teaching this art?
hunter-glass (author)  hms10182 years ago
Yeah, kind of...I probably will eventually. I've had a lot of people ask me to teach but I'm not ready just yet....one day though.
Okay, yeah its up to you and it would be appreciated. You can upload any photos and then write a description about it. Then link to your site for credit. Maybe that will help market yourself for more sales. You can register here by clicking the register link: http://glassetchingsecrets.com/blog/wp-login Then click the "Post" tab and "Add New". Let me know if you need anything. The other guy didn't know how to do it so he just sent me photos and a description so I uploaded it. -Eric
hunter-glass (author)  Eric Sandman4 years ago
So finally took a moment to go to your site to upload a few things and when I clicked the link you supplied I was told it was "moved or incorrect".
(removed by author or community request)
hunter-glass (author)  Eric Sandman4 years ago
Registered but no clue what to do from there----not a clear site, not a fan of looking at wordpress stuff.
Yeah, I hear you. Theres a small learning curve to get used to it . Its actually fairly simple once you get the hang of it.

If you want, you can just send me photos of your work and a description of the work and links to your site to my email: eric (at) glassetchingsecrets.com

Then I will upload it in your name. Thats what I did for the other guest post, Glen. Let me know and send me an email. -Eric
craftyv3 years ago
Absolutely beautiful. Iv'e always loved glass for it's look and it's tactile elements.
papatopo3 years ago
FANTASTIC!!!
LostRite4 years ago
 Awesome work!
hunter-glass (author)  LostRite4 years ago
Thank you!  Been trying to be in the dinosaur contest but getting linked in is apparently quite a challenge!
rimar20004 years ago
Beautiful!
hunter-glass (author)  rimar20004 years ago
Thank you!
l8nite4 years ago
the finished piece is fantastic but I dont think I could recreate it using your "ible"  even if I had the proper tools
hunter-glass (author)  l8nite4 years ago
Yeah, it's definitely not a basic carving.  I've been at it for a while now.  I mainly uploaded this to be in the dinosaur contest.
laxap4 years ago
Awesome!
Did you hear about the dinosaur contest? Really you should enter it!
hunter-glass (author)  laxap4 years ago
Thanks! Yep, that's why I loaded this but I've been having trouble getting into the contest.