Ok maybe not so amazing, but for sure crafty.
First, the process is relatively simple, you apply a stencil to a product and then sandblast the stencil’s image with a special abrasive applied at high pressure. The abrasive then erodes the surface in the open areas of the stencil and leaves a permanently carved impression.
I know, it sounds boring but it’s actually quite fun to do.
The very first step is the most important because it’s where the creativity determines what the pendant will look like. I either draw the image I want or I use royalty-free graphics. I then upload the image to Photoshop where I darken it and scale it down to the size I like. Now it is ready to be printed on a special type of vellum paper shown below. To the left is my latest hand-drawn design “Transformation”
Sidenote: Sandcarving or sandblasting using this process I am showing you has only been around for about 10 years.
My father is an electrician so together with my hubby we built a light box to expose the film.
The next step it to expose. I place the film on top of the vellum and turn the light on for 1min 30 seconds.
I then place my stencil in my handy dandy Nesco food dehydrator. The alternative is using a photoresist film dryer or you can also use a blow dryer.
After drying I remove the carrier sheet and then apply to my stone of choice.
The next step is to sandblast the piece. I bought this equipment from a very nice gentleman who hand makes these out of Texas. We modified it to use a foot pedal so I had better control and installed a smaller more fine tuned tip for blasting.
Sorry about the pic being blurry, it was a challenge to get it just right.
I use silicon carbide grit which is an extremely fine sand and sandblast at approximately 35psi. I went through different grit, and different film until I got the exact formula that I use for my process.
The final step in the process is to airbrush paint the sandblasted piece. I use non-toxic acrylic paint with metallic colors. I then can spray a coating of an acrylic top coat to seal in the paint and to give it a shine.
I let the piece sit overnight so it’s nice and dry and then I remove the film and clean the stone.
Thank you for reading about my design process and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.