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Old 2021-10-13, 8:23pm
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Hello,

I have been searching for a sandblaster for a looong time but still cannot figure out what sandblaster would work for me the best.

- I blow lamp worked glass objects that range from about the size of a bead to hollow objects the size of a tumbler.

- I believe a dental sandblaster is best suited for etching and finishing the size and kind of objects that I make. But I have some doubts about the size of the pen tip in a dental sandblaster. For example, will I be able to achieve a uniform matt finish on larger objects if the pen tip is quite small and focused?

- What price range is for dental sandblasters would be suitable for the kind of sandblasting that I need to do? Here in Australia, they start from as cheap as AUD$100 (of course I'm not getting that one!) to AUD$3,000!! (I'm not getting that one either!) Hoping for something between AUD$6-800 as new.

- Any model, or brand suggestion?

- Or, is there a sandblaster other than a dental one that is more suitable for the size of objects that I make (bead size to tumbler size)?

Is there anyone out there using a sandblaster for glass objects like I make? Or maybe, someone has a second hand sandblaster to sell?

It would be sooo wonderful to receive any advice.

ps, I live in Australia so my response will be time-lagged.

Cheers, Akie
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Old 2021-10-14, 2:37pm
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Akie, do you have a tool supply house similar to Harbor Freight or Northern Tool here in the U.S.? They have all kinds and levels of tools. Our Harbor Freight has a sandblaster for under $40 USD on up to $150 USD. It's really hard to recommend without knowing what manufacturers supply your part of the world.
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Old 2021-10-14, 3:36pm
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Maybe you can check this german vendor to get some ideas?

http://www.otterbein-glas.de/xtcomme....php?cPath=377

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Old 2021-10-14, 3:59pm
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Hi ESC, yes, we do have a few hardware suppliers her in australia. and i would have lots of options to choose from. Im guessing we often import stuff from us, china, eu, etc. i don't need a big one obviously for the size upto a tumbler. so im guessing that the ones at hardware store would be overkilling for my glass. do you have a sandblaster? what size of work do you sandblast? if you have one could you send me a photo? thanks for your response. - Akie
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Old 2021-10-14, 4:21pm
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Thanks Margit, I will check the site!!

Akie
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Old 2021-10-15, 10:32am
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Akie, I don't own one, but I've used one a few times. The cabinet on both models (sorry, I have no idea of the manufacturer) was about 24" x 12" x 12".
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Old 2021-10-15, 2:44pm
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Thanks ESC for your reply. I keep searching. Maybe I look for a second-hand dental sandblaster....
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Old 2021-10-15, 8:05pm
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I have heard of someone buying a can of spray that was for sandblasting. I have never tried it, but might look for it and give it a shot to see how it works.

Never mind, I just found this thread about the spray can stuff. http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=122550
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Old 2021-10-16, 4:54am
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Thanks Eileen, but I need more than a can of spray as I need to sandblast regularly and I don't want sand to go everywhere. I need a machine with tight sealed window but am having trouble nailing down which one to get...

Thanks, Akie
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Old 2021-10-16, 7:54am
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Have you thought about making your own cabinet? I'm going to make this one for sandblasting my beads.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEMteF9Kq-U
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Old 2021-10-16, 3:03pm
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Wow, that's a great DIY sandblaster. He describes every step with detail explanation. Some ?? : 1. how to recycle sand. I guess just do it manually outdoor. 2. if this filter material is good enough to keep sand in. But yes, I think I will give it a try.

Thanks Maria : )

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