Dichroic Sun Catcher
Laura McQuitty shows how to sandblast a dichroic glass sun catcher.
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Laura McQuitty is a mom, a businesswoman, a music lover and a self-described domestic goddess. She shows how to make a sandblasted dichroic sun catcher.
Materials and Tools:
clear glass bevels
handheld oil-fed glasscutter
glass cutting square
copper foil tape
air-compressor and sandblasting unit
soap and water
needle nose pliers
tinned copper wire
permanent black marker
1. Cut sheet glass with a glasscutter into predetermined sizes.
2. Clean the glass centerpiece and apply vinyl resist. Burnish the resist with a brayer. Cut newspaper to fit the back of the piece and tape in place. Tape all edges of the glass.
3. Sketch a design with pencil onto tracing paper.
4. Transfer the design to the resist using tracing paper and a pencil.
5. Cut the design with a craft knife and lift off areas to be sandblasted. Reburnish with a brayer.
6.Turn on the compressor and sandblasting unit and sandblast off the dichroic coating.
7. Remove the resist and wash piece with water.
8.Wrap the edges of all glass pieces and bevels with copper foil tape. Burnish all edges.
9. Place all wrapped pieces on the table and make sure pieces are squared-up.
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