Dear Christine, It is sometimes hard to give advice blind, so I'm not
sure this is what you are looking for. Their is a sandblasting
approach that I think is very interesting and has a lot of potential
for jewelry and gem work especially. This is more in the area of
advanced sandblasting to generate images and the like, instead of
the basic surface spritz of bead blasting that most jewelers are
familiar with. Glass artists use this material and process and I
haven't yet noticed it applied to metals or stone.
Their is a company called PhotoBrasive Systems in Duluth, Minnesota.
Phone is 218-628-2002. Email is email@example.com and web
They make a wide range of UV sensitive sandblasting masks that can
be developed sort of like a contact print in photography. They
conduct workshops around the country in how to use their products
(called the Sandcarving School of Photo Resist). They also have an
instructional video, which I haven't seen, but I think it may be
free with a sample order of their stuff.
I will be talking more about this product as well as other things in
my two day workshop in Tucson the weekend before the gem show,
February 1-2. The main topic is the development of production work
using jewelry industry technology as a studio jeweler.
You may also want to check in with Karen Christians at Metalwerx in
Woburn, MA. She runs a school that gives workshops and she is a
frequent Orchid participant. I don't know if she teaches
sandblasting or has the equipment. Her website is