Abrasive Etching and Sand Blasting and Etching on Glass
Avalon’s workshop is designed to use abrasive etching sometimes referred to as sandblasting as a special design technique for fused and slumped glass and architectural glass. The techniques learned in this workshop can also be used to etch other materials like ceramic, stone, granite and concrete.
There are several ways to “etch” glass; acid etch, wheel engrave and sandblast. This class will show you how to use abrasive etching/sandblasting equipment and abrasive to sandblast (eat) away the glass, even to the point of making a hole through the glass.
Not only do you learn to do abrasive etching on flat clear glass, bottles or plates, but you can take it further by MAKING then blasting your own multicolored layered glass!
We start with simple surface etching and then on to the more dramatic effects of carving and shading. Students will make multi layered colored glass and then on the next day sandblast through the layers to bring out the different colors.
Students will learn how to use unusual resist materials like lace and glue for special effects using the chemical etching process.
Here is a list of Materials you can etch on using the techniques demonstrated in this workshop: Glass – we work with glass in this class, Ceramic, Stone, Concrete, Granite and Marble.
You will learn these styles of etching: Sandblasting Equipment – most of the work we do in this class is sandblasting, Rotary Tool – We demonstrate and allow you to use two different types of wheel engraving, Etching Chemical – we use a mild etching chemical in this class.
You will learn to work on these types of Glass Work: Fused Glass. Architectural Glass, Glass Gift items
You will learn about these types of Resist Material: Vinyl, Rubber, Glue, Lace, Metal, Plastic and Cloth.
You will learn about the types of Glass to etch on such as Using Coated glass like Iridized or Dichroic, Using Crystal Clear Glass, Using and making layered or flashed glass, other special coating you will see in class
You will learn about fabrication such as Surface Stencil Etching, Shading and Carving
In this workshop we provide space, equipment, knowledge and inspiration and you provide the ideas, initiative, motivation and your desire to learn.
Please bring work clothes. Expect to get dirty. Cool clothes, it often gets warm. No open toes shoes (sandals) No overly loose clothing. No loose hair, tie it back. Maybe bring a hat. We have gloves and safety glass, but if you have your own that you are used to, bring them.
Saturday One Day Workshop with all basic materials to complete two pieces.
Times: 9 am CT to 5 pm CT Lunch is provided between noon and 1 pm CT.
Classes are limited to 6 students so make your reservations early.