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  1. How To Purge Your CrystalBlast Sandcarving Machine

    How To Purge Your CrystalBlast Sandcarving Machine

    September 18, 2019
    Have you ever been blasting a glass award or other substrate and all of a sudden there is no abrasive coming out of the nozzle? Or maybe some abrasive is coming out but it's mostly air. The first thing we...
  2. RapidMask and Compound Curves

    RapidMask and Compound Curves

    September 10, 2019
    Today we are going to talk about RapidMask, our dry process photoresist film. There is a misconception that RapidMask can't conform to single or compound curves. This is NOT true! We are here to bust that myth and show you...
  3. Combine Laser Engraving & Sandcarving

    Combine Laser Engraving & Sandcarving

    August 27, 2019
    Laser engraving uses a laser beam to etch a design onto the surface of a wide variety of materials including wood, acrylic, glass, leather and much more. This process is fast and effective. However, when it comes to engraving glass...
  4. Create Halftones in Photoshop for Sandcarving

    Create Halftones in Photoshop for Sandcarving

    August 20, 2019
    When it comes to sandcarving halftone images, successfully etched products are the result of quality artwork. Follow these steps and tips for how to create a halftone in Photoshop for sandcarving photographs onto glass and stone. Download/Print pdf >> Create...
  5. Choosing A Sandcarving Machine

    Choosing A Sandcarving Machine

    August 13, 2019
    Choosing which sandcarving machine is best for your shop can feel overwhelming. To keep pace with the creativity and vision of the sandcarving industry, we have developed a full line of CrystalBlast Sandcarving Machines, including low-cost entry-level sandcarvers, fast-production equipment...
  6. Sandcarve a YETI or Polar Camel Tumbler

    Sandcarve a YETI or Polar Camel Tumbler

    July 3, 2019
    Summer is here and that means a lot of time spent outdoors. Hydrate in style with a personalized YETI or Polar Camel tumbler. Personalized tumblers turn an already great gift into a one-of-a-kind piece. When it comes to personalizing a...
  7. Multi-Stage on Clear Glass

    Multi-Stage on Clear Glass

    June 12, 2019
    There are three kinds of stage carving techniques for sandcarving: single stage, double stage, and multi-stage. When you use your sandcarving system to do a multi-stage carve, you are able to transform two-dimensional graphics into beautiful three-dimensional pieces of art...
  8. Inspecting & Replacing CrystalBlast Nozzle

    Inspecting & Replacing CrystalBlast Nozzle

    May 21, 2019
    It is important to replace your sandcarving nozzle after it has worn 1/32” or more. Not only will the worn nozzle use more compressed air, but the abrasive will impact the part more aggressively. As the volume of air and...
  9. Laser Engraving vs. Sandcarving On Glass

    Laser Engraving vs. Sandcarving On Glass

    May 16, 2019
    When it comes to choosing laser engraving or sandcarving on glass, there are multiple factors to consider. Below we break down why you might choose one over the other when it comes to etching glass, crystal, high end awards and...
  10. What Materials Can I Sandcarve?

    What Materials Can I Sandcarve?

    May 1, 2019
    Sandcarving is a process which allows you to etch or carve into a wide variety of materials. It may not always be obvious which materials will work for sandcarving, but the general rule of thumb is that if you can scratch...

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