With the advent of simplified 3D printing that can be executed from home, the number of individuals wanting to try their hand at producing their owncrystal glass artwork is also rapidly growing. This was one of the areas where the influence of 3D printing has made itself felt most notably, as it put crystal art at the tips of everyone’s fingers, as well as massively expanded the field of possibilities within the technique.
Hobby lovers who wish to try their hand at crystal glass artworkwill therefore be pleased to hear that the technique is not at all hard to master, provided the person attempting it has some basic notions of anyone of the three most popular 3D printing methods for crystal and glass.
The first of these methods, and traditionally considered the best for creating crystal glass artwork, is what is usually known as sandblasting. This is a process whereby the crystal is covered with a protective, coarse ‘mask’ and then blasted, either with a gun or inside a special machine, to create all manner of interesting relief patterns on the surface of the piece. This is still the most widespread method for carrying out this type of job and in fact may be the easiest for amateurs to pick up.
However, in recent years, two other techniques have been competing with sandblasting in the field of 3D engraving. The first of these is laser engraving, which is just what the name indicates; an engraving process achieved through the use of lasers. The other, known as rotary engraving is actually the oldest of the three, but was up until recently restricted to those with the means to purchase the often expensive equipment. With the globalisation of 3D printers and other accessories though, this method became significantly more affordable and has therefore also been garnering supporters at a rapid pace.
It is clear, then, that neophytes wanting to experiment with crystal glass artwork have a number of different techniques on offer through which to do so.