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Old 01-13-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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Does anyone on here do any stone engraving ? If so what size nozzle are you using ? Also what is your number one choice of media ?
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
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I do a lot. gravemarkers as well as some driveway markers and specialty jobs.
I use 70 grit red garnet at 90psi on the markers #5 tip. straight on distance depends on how soft the material is I am blasting. its not all the same. some is like butter some is slow and painful.

you can do thousands in damage in seconds so its a steep learning curve, take your time.

I hear others use black sand but I find it too aggressive on the blast mat. brown aluminum oxide works well too. just too expensive locally for me.
out of respect I will not post pics but have a couple I can share later.

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some miscellaneous stuff we have done. probably done a few hundred markers. the large rock was a memorial for a gentleman who passed away. this was on the side of a lake. his favorite spot.

heart shaped rock is fairly small (2") that was done with 100 grit glass as it was super soft. blast is about .125 deep" the neat part is the little centers in the "a's" held up and didn't get blown out.

I love the fact that we have made our blasting business very diversified, I get tired of seeing grey finished products.
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Rather, is there a good internet company to get the blast mats and adhesive from? What could I expect to pay for one word like a name?
I have been wanting to fool around with this sort of thing very much.
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I am not sure what the costs are as my brothers girlfriend owns the monument company and she does the masks for me in trade for blasting. If you need something send me a pm and I will see what she charges. she has done mail order before. She is very talented and has lots of ideas.

coarse rock is a tricky one to blast. you have to be careful of the blast mat lifting on rough surfaces as well as how intricate of a design you want. the blast mat is self adhesive.
its actually fun once you get going and have the hang of it.

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the "9010" rock had a vein of fools gold running through the "9"
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WOW looks great !! Looking forward on getting started !! Found a great place for aluminium oxcide so I think that's what we will try first .

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