If you’re wondering how intricate and detailed designs are decorated onto a glass surface, this is the blog for you. Today, we’ll discuss the technology behind the process of glass etching and sandblasting. We’ll start with the basics, safety measures, and finish off with some perks of choosing this process.
Let’s start with the basics. Glass etching can be best achieved through a process called sandblasting. For sandblasting to work, you need two basics materials: a glass surface you will be etching and an abrasive material that is harder than the glass. Sand is one material whose rough edges can be used to produce a sandblasted glass design. A hand-held nozzle is used to direct the particles toward the surface or workpiece.
Essentially, sandblasting is a more advanced version of using sandpaper to smooth a service. It can smooth, shape, and clean a glass service. With more advanced techniques like ours, highly pressurized air is then used to “blast” the abrasive material and create a stunning etched shape.
As with any industrial process, certain safety measures must be taken during the sandblasting process. The technician will typically use gloves and completes the process in a self-contained cabinet. In this case, a dust collector takes care of the dust. This allows the technician to see materials clearly while preventing abrasive particles from coming in contact with the eyes or skin. This way, they can complete the sandblasted glass design with ease.
When a dust collector is not available, a respirator can be worn by the technician to prevent dust exposure. This is especially important when emptying the dust collector, refilling the blaster machine, sweeping off the dust, as well as opening or closing the blast cabinet to take out the sandblasted glass.
Why You Should Choose Sandblasting
Sandblasting has the ability to create beautiful, custom glass mirror etchings. This technique is able to create sculptural depths within the overall design, creating a stunning visual appeal.
Sandblasting is also very versatile, creating a vast array of final products. This includes frosted glass, intricate details, and elegant patterns.
At Blast Design, we can provide you with high quality sandblasted glass. Whether your purpose is decorative or functional, we have you covered. Simply give us a call and we are happy to help.