Glass etching is an age-old method of imprinting images on glass; and one way to do it is by sandblasting. Sandblasting allows for greater variation through the use of different degrees of coarseness in sand, and also for depth blasting, giving the finished product a rich textured appearance.
Sandblasting is essentially the process of blasting the surface of glass with grit which peppers the surface, giving it a milky white appearance.
Sandblasting is a general term used to describe the act of propelling very fine bits of material at high-velocity by steam or air to clean or etch a surface. Synthetic particles or small pieces of coconut shell are sometimes used instead of sand in sandblasting applications.
Sandblasting Glass Etching
The sandblasting glass etching process consists of corroding glass by violently projecting sand upon its surface by means of a current of air or steam. The tube conveying the current of air or steam terminates at a nozzle containing a series of fine holes. The sand, is thrown violently against the glass plate or any other body placed within its range, and thus exerts a corroding action. By varying the quantity of the sand, the volume and velocity of the current, as well as the diameter of the jet, the desired effects are obtained.
Bodies much harder than glass have submitted to the action of sand thrown forcibly in this way against their surface, and have been as rapidly worn away. The portions of the glass which are to remain clear are covered with paper, or with an elastic varnish - these substances being sufficiently exempt from the corroding action of the sand.
Sandblasted Smoking Glass
Sandblasted smoking glass is produced by spraying sand at high velocities over the surface of the glass. The sandblasting technique is used to obscure visibility through glass, but the glass continues to still transmit light as it is diffused through the surface. This gives the glass a translucent surface, which is usually rougher than that obtained by etching.
Sandblasting effects on smoking glass can create wonderfully frosted looks to compliment the appearance. Sandblasted glass designs on dab rigs can really add artistic elegance and texture to your smoking gears.
Although glass etching is extremely decorative, sandblasting is not done for aesthetics alone. It can be an attractive and practical solution to reduce the appearance of fingerprints on glass. The frosted appearance and/or different textures sandblasting gives glass can make fingerprints and smudges more difficult to see than if the glass was left as is.
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