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'Etching' for a Good Time: Glass Etching Classes

8 Sep 2019 8:25 PM | Mary Hannaford (Administrator)

Ever wished you had a drinking glass with a specific design you just can’t find? Maybe you’d like your family name, the logo from your favorite TV show, or something for the company your friend started. Consider joining one of our Glass Etching Using Media Blasting classes! This fun, interactive class teaches you how to create a design and use a blasting cabinet to etch that design onto the surface of glass.

So, what exactly is media blasting?

Media blasting – also known as abrasive blasting or sandblasting – is a method of etching that dates all the way back to 1870, when it was first patented by Benjamin Chew Tilghman. The way it works is somewhat similar to sandpaper or pressure washing. In the case of the Roswell Firelabs’ blasting cabinet, compressed air is used to propel tiny particles across the surface of the glass to scrape or ‘sand’ away the design that’s been programmed into the machine. While the abrasions left by the sand aren’t deep, they create a different surface texture that renders the design visible.

What’s included in the class?

The Roswell Firelabs Glass Etching Using Media Blasting class starts off with a walk-through of Silhouette Studio, the software used to create a personalized design for the etching. The design is then taken to the blasting cabinet to be applied to the glass. Two (2) drinking glasses are provided as a part of the class for participants to take home, but bringing your own glass items is perfectly alright, too – and even encouraged! Glass etching using media blasting works on mugs, cups, pie pans, windowpanes, and many other glass items. If there’s any doubt, participants can email the Roswell Firelabs ahead of time, or ask the instructor during the class.

Sign-ups and Cost

If you missed our class last Friday, don’t worry! There’s still room in our next class! Glass Etching Using Media Blasting is a recurring class at the Roswell Firelabs, held about once a month. The next class (found here) will be held on Friday, October 4th from 7 PM to 9 PM, which makes it just perfect to kick off the Halloween and Fall fun! Member registration is just $10, and non-member registration is $25. Registration includes class instruction and two (2) custom-etched drinking glasses to take home.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd

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