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  • jbigby commented on pubcrawlingpb's instructable Etching Glass With a Sandblaster6 weeks ago
    Etching Glass With a Sandblaster

    Nice instructable! Here is how I am doing it. Spend a bit of $$ up front, make a LOT on the back.If you don't have access to a Makerspace with a vinyl cutter, get the Silhouette Vinyl Cutter. A couple hundred bucks, but I have made thou$$ands with it! Harbor Freight Oilless air compressor ($50) + Harbor Freight Air Eraser. $35 bucks. GET THE WARRANTIES! They will die probably, but the warranty will replace them. The air eraser is small, accurate and will not peel flesh off you. It saves you from having to tape EVERYTHING off.DOLLAR STORE for your glassware AND your pattern vinyl. "Pattern vinyl" is the cheap stuff I use to lay patterns for etching. They call it "shelf liner". Color does not matter cuz it is only for laying a pattern.PRO TIP - there is a ...

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    Nice instructable! Here is how I am doing it. Spend a bit of $$ up front, make a LOT on the back.If you don't have access to a Makerspace with a vinyl cutter, get the Silhouette Vinyl Cutter. A couple hundred bucks, but I have made thou$$ands with it! Harbor Freight Oilless air compressor ($50) + Harbor Freight Air Eraser. $35 bucks. GET THE WARRANTIES! They will die probably, but the warranty will replace them. The air eraser is small, accurate and will not peel flesh off you. It saves you from having to tape EVERYTHING off.DOLLAR STORE for your glassware AND your pattern vinyl. "Pattern vinyl" is the cheap stuff I use to lay patterns for etching. They call it "shelf liner". Color does not matter cuz it is only for laying a pattern.PRO TIP - there is a shelf liner that is CLEAR, and I use that as transfer paper. Transfer paper is for lifting a whole design at once from the backing and placing it on the glass. All your text and patterns are kept intact and in-line.Walmart for large plastic CLEAR container. This is your $5 Sand Blast cabinet. Cut some arm holes in the side, hot glue some old sweat pants legs on there (the ones with the elastic in the ankle area)."Sand" is kind of expensive (PAASCH Aluminum Oxide). The cabinet will keep in all inside, saves you from having to buy it all the time.

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