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        1   General Information

        2   Process

        3   Equipment

        4   Resources

        5   Marketing your products

        6   Events

        7   Gallery





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1   General Information

    1.1    Goals, purpose of the site

    1.2    Contents (this page)

    1.3    Background on sandcarving and the forum.

    1.4    Safety issues - Don Niland

    1.5    Getting started

                    Introduction to Sandcarving - an overview - Tony Smith  

                    Photoresist - an overview - Tony Smith

                    Personal notebook - pages from - Jim Yount
                    How to etch pavers - Shane Jewell


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2   Process

                    Fine lines: a general paper on producing a "fine print" in glass using Photoresist - Jim Yount

                    Fine lines 2003: lessons learned at the outer limits of my system - Jim Yount

                    Sandcarved Glass and Kiln Work - a general description by Sara Urband-Murphy

    2.1    Acquiring images - Rick Martin

        2.1.1        Sources

        2.1.2        Techniques

                    Artwork Stencil Methods - Beccy Garvin

                    Bitmaps and Their Pre-preparation for Vectorizing - Charles Grage

                    Fine Details Using Simple Tools in Adobe Illustrator - Jim Yount

    2.2    Resist selection and preparation

        2.2.1       Cut resist

           Hand cut vs. machine cut 

           Temporary & permanent

        2.2.2       Photoresist

                    Photoresist - an overview - Tony Smith

           Preparing images

           Producing a positive

                    Comparison of inkjet films - Tom Eddleman

                    A comparison of film positive, laser and Inkjet print quality - Jim Yount

                    Translucency of Printable Films - Tom Eddleman

                    Photoresist Image Quality - Robert Gaertner (PhotoBrasive Systems)

           Selecting the resist

           Exposing and developing the film

                    Pressure washer modifications - Tom Eddleman


                    Laser registration of resist - Tom Eddleman

                    Placing masks on compound curves - compiled by Sally Elliot

                    No-math measuring for lettering placement and even baselines - Kathryn Whitacre

                    Lettering on a curved surface - Kathryn Whitacre

                    Text on a compound curved surface - Tom Eddleman

    2.3    Blasting techniques

                    Avoiding Mask Blow Outs - compiled by Sally Elliot

                    Using PETG for Sandblast Masks - Tom Eddleman

        2.3.1      Surface etching - Robert Crane

        2.3.2      Shading

        2.3.3      Multistage deep carving

        2.3.4      Contouring, Texture

                    Sand Carving Using Silicon as a Resist - Bob Pickard

        2.3.5      Halftones/photographs

                    Halftones - part 1 of 3 - Christopher Haney

                    Halftones - Robert Gaertner (PhotoBrasive Systems)

                    Halftones - Gary Williams

        2.3.6      Remasking techniques - Jim Yount

        2.3.7      Multiple resists

        2.3.8      Carving through

                    Sandcarving Glass Through and Through - Tom Eddleman

        2.3.9      Flashed Glass

                    Flashed Glass - an introduction - Rick Martin

    2.4    Finishing

        2.4.1     Gold leafing

        2.4.2     Painting

                    Adding Color Using Fuse Master Transparent Enamels - Jim Yount

        2.4.3    Slumping

        2.4.4     Glue Chipping

                    Glue Chipping - Pat Mackle

    2.5        Presentation

         2.5.1    Edge lit bases

                    Increasing the Illumination of Edge-Lit Carved Glass or Mirror  - Lon Weekly

         2.5.2    Photographing completed work

                    Photographing glass - David Paterson

                    Photographing Edge Lit Carved Glass with a Digital Camera - Jim Yount

    2.6        Tips


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3   Equipment (beginner and advanced equipment choices)

                    Len Silva's glass shop photos - Len Silva

    3.1        General Computer requirements, software types, etc

                    Intel Microscope Modifications - Jim Yount

    3.2        Substrate

         3.2.1    Glass: float, mirror, plate, tempered, etc

                    How to cut glass - Pat Mackle

         3.2.2    Other materials: stone, marble, etc

         3.2.3    Fused Glass

    3.3        Cut Resist   

         3.3.1    hand cut – stencil burners, knives, etc.

         3.3.2    Plotters

                    Working with Plotters - Rick Martin

                    Ultra Pro Cutter - Pam Biagi

    3.4        Photoresist

         3.4.1    Printers

         3.4.2    Exposure systems

         3.4.3    Washout 

                    Pressure washer modifications - Tom Eddleman            

         3.4.4    Dryers

    3.5        Blasting

         3.5.1    Abrasives

                    Media Reclaimer - Tom Eddleman

         3.5.2    Cabinets

                    Sandblasting Cabinet Design - Bob Pickard

         3.5.3    Rooms

         3.5.4    Compressors

                    Air Compressor Selection - Tom Eddleman and Cliff Swanson

                    Piping From Compressor To Pressure Pot - Tom Eddleman

         3.5.5    Guns, nozzles   

                    Pinch Clamp Nozzle - Greg Goett 

         3.5.6    Hoses

         3.5.7    Pressure pots

                    Vibrating Media Sifter - Tom Eddleman
                    Grit Flow Pipe - Irene D'Aloisio

         3.5.8    Dust collectors - Don Niland


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4 Resources - Sally Elliot, Michael Wilson

                    Contributors to this site



                    Guns and Nozzles

                    Lighted Bases

                    Resists and Glue

                    Stencils & Art

                    Tutorials and Seminars



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5   Marketing your products - Business Topics

    5.1        Business Issues - General

                  General Discussion on Logos - Compiled by Len Silva

    5.2        Corporations

    5.3        Galleries

    5.4        Creative Products

                Neat stuff we’ve seen and thought about that might sell in your area.


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6   Events

    6.1       Calendar

    6.2       Group projects

    6.3       Workshops/Seminars

                    First Annual Advanced Sandcarving Workshop in Shawnee OK April 2002

                    Pickard Beginner/Intermediate Workshop - Diana Glass

                    Seattle meet  - August 2002 - Irene D'Aloisio

                    Pacific Northwest Sand Carvers October 2002 Workshop

                    Pacific Northwest Sandcarvers - May 2003 - Compiled by: Irene D'Aloisio

                    Pacific Northwest Sandcarvers - May 2004 - Compiled by: Irene D'Aloisio

                    Pacific Northwest Sandcarvers - October 23, 2005 - Compiled by: Irene D'Aloisio

                    Pacific Northwest Sandcarvers - October 30, 2005


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7   Gallery

    7.1       Photos

                    Bob Pickard

                    Tom Eddleman's carved black on white glass

                    Jim Yount's carved/ fused rose

                    1931 Chrysler

                    Mucha Artwork - Work in Progress

                    Tom's Wedding Invitation - Tom Eddleman

                    Etched Trowels for Habitat - Tom Eddleman

    7.2       Members’ websites (both within this site and linked)

    7.3       Studios



























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