Creating a Ferocious Dinosaur Carving in Glass

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Intro: Creating a Ferocious Dinosaur Carving in Glass

 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....
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Enter-the-Dinosaur-Contest/

Step 1: In the Blasting Room.

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

  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

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.
 

Step 4:

 Ferocious!   I've added all the background, you can see I carved the top edge to look like smoke.
 I then made a glass base where I carved out area to recess a strip of LED lights.The power cord comes out the bottom.
 The carving is then affixed to the base and it's ready for viewing!!

 Oh,and if you'd like to see more check out HunterGlass.com
or my Facebook FAN page.. https://www.facebook.com/hunterglassdesign?ref=ts

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    tipigeon

    1 year ago

    Hello this looks really good it made me interrested in sand blasting, i thought at first that you had done it with a dremel ^^

    How much does a sand blaster cost approximately? Is it a versatile tool?

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    Eric Sandman

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    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

    Yeah sure, I'll add to the community. Hmmm....not sure what I'd post. A carving(and which one), or a wave.....

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    hunter-glasshms1018

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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

    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".

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    craftyv

    7 years ago on Step 4

    Absolutely beautiful. Iv'e always loved glass for it's look and it's tactile elements.

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    hunter-glass

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Registered but no clue what to do from there----not a clear site, not a fan of looking at wordpress stuff.

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    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

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    hunter-glassOnyx Ibex

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you!  Been trying to be in the dinosaur contest but getting linked in is apparently quite a challenge!

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    l8nite

    8 years ago on Introduction

    the finished piece is fantastic but I dont think I could recreate it using your "ible"  even if I had the proper tools