Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful piece of art, it's inspirational to all of us artists and at Shadowness we like to thank our amazing artists for all they do, to show our appreciation for you, your artwork has been featured in todays Daily Inspiration #193
The nozzle of my sandblast gun to do this kind of work starts out at 1/32" it is made of brass, and the sand broadens out the opening to about an 1/8" before it blasts a hole in the nozzle and makes it unusable. The glass is 1/4 of an inch thick to 1/2 inch thick. All blasting is done from the back, and you have to know your subject, and use your brain to carve each line to the correct depth. What is closest to you is carved first, but it also involves overlapping, and what is in front of your subject will again be deeper. The sand is also used the way you would paint with an air brush, which I have done many times. So when you want the leaf to turn or curl you blast lightly to clear glass, which reads black to the eye when the piece is complete and peeled. Think a heavier blast to the edge tapering with a frost of etching until it fades to black. This is very exacting work, and in a quiet internal way is very exciting and gratifying. You have to be crazy to do it, and very disciplined because you are sensory deprived except for the swooshing of air in your ears all the while you do it. You are by yourself surrounded by clouds of sand in a windowless box. My sandblast booth here at my home is 8' X 12' and has a large sliding glass door, and 2 sliding windows. Factories do not ever give you a booth with natural light. The glass if you touch it from the back is carved, and you can feel the depth and texture. I will see if I have a photograph with the image taken from the back. I'm glad you appreciate and like the beauty of this work. I love it, but there is no call for the past 7 years for etched or stained glass. Thank you for taking the time to comment! Annie
I will put up the Gouache painting I did that this etching is based on. I believe any design can be altered and used to do the same art work in a different medium. I will also put up the Acrylic Airbrushed Panda Bear Puzzle based on the same design I made for the stained glass window.