Hobby projects with sandblasting

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Hobby projects with sandblasting
Sandblasting can create beautiful glass hobby projects. (light with elaborate glass shade image by Adam Middleton from Fotolia.com)

Sandblasting is an increasingly popular hobby. It's possible to create interesting and beautiful projects in glass, wood and metal with a small sandblaster. The equipment is available at tool supply stores and does take training to use properly. Sandblasting requires a blasting cabinet, compressor, dust collector and sandblasting pot. It also requires appropriate media with which to blast, which is actually made from aluminium ore, not from beach style sand. There are a variety of fun hobby projects that can be created with sandblasting.

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Decorative Rocks

Stencilling smooth stones for a garden or pathway is a good hobby project. Stones need to be smooth enough for the stencil material to stick to the rock. Harder rocks such as granite or marble give the best results.


Tiles provide an ideal surface for sandblasting hobby projects. The smooth surface and contrasting material underneath create lovely decorative items. Use stencils in a theme, such as an underwater or nature theme for a kitchen or bath. A family name or company logo makes a classy addition to an entry hall or office nameplate.

Glass Windows

Sandblasting glass windows is another beautiful hobby project for sandblasting. The design possibilities are limitless thanks to the smooth surface of the glass. Glass can be etched with designs, or large areas can be etched without specific designs for a frosted look. Stained glass also looks attractive with sandblasted etching.

Decorative Glass Items

Wine glasses, wedding favours, lamps and mirrors are all items that can be successfully sandblasted as a hobby project. Choose simple designs for small or curved items.


The sandblasted look is a popular one on denim items such as jeans and jackets. Use a stencil for a design, or simply sandblast the item randomly for a fashionable worn look.


Sandblasted wood has a unique, carved look. A great hobby project for wood sandblasting is a sign or simple picture. Use several layers of stencils for a variegated look.

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