Sandblasting a Metal Sculpture – Kevin Caron
(Text on screen): Sandblasting: Micro Style Kevin Caron, www.kevincaron.com (sandblasting) The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing? Kevin Caron: Playing. We’re gonna change the finish on this. I did a little work on the base, and now I wanna strip it. So this is a little hand sandblaster. So we’ve got some aluminum oxide, I think it is, and you just fill up the little gun and just blast it off of there. The problem is, it doesn’t last very long because this is such a small little container. It’s really only meant for doing little tiny areas. But it does the job. So, it just takes a lot of trips back to the bucket. A lot of trips to the bucket. (loading sandblaster) See, some of this stuff is kinda cool. It’s a little white; almost like a beach sand, but it’s not. But you have this kind, you have crushed walnut shell for doing, like, really soft metals like copper or brass. Where this stuff might etch into the metal if you had a higher pressure, the walnut shell won’t touch the metal; it won’t damage the metal at all. It will just take the finish off. We’ve got some other stuff over here that will etch the metal. Even with this little gun, it will sit there and put grooves into the metal. Strange stuff. Back to work. (text on screen): After Several More Rounds The Voice: Is that how you do your big pieces? Kevin Caron: No. No. We send all the big stuff, we send over to a regular sandblast company with a great, big diesel-powered air compressor and a great big pot of sand and he wears a full suit with a respirator, and it’s amazing to watch. You go over there and look inside his booth and it looks like a whiteout in there from all the sand going everywhere. He laughs every time he sees this little thing. He says, “You’ve got to get serious someday.” The Voice: How are you powering the little gun? Kevin Caron: I’ve just got the little air compressor here in the studio. It just runs on 120 psi. Then you just pull the little trigger right there and just go for it. The Voice: Where’d you get the gun? Kevin Caron: Oh, this is from Harbor Freight. You get what you pay for. I’ve got to get to work. The sun’s coming. Bye! (Text on screen): Subscribe To See More Videos, See and Hear More at KevinCaron.com.