She also provided the below which talks about:
- what type of patterns she recommends
- how to hand engrave the patterns into the glass
- and how to angle the lightening so you can see what you are doing
If you are engraving bottles, you also might want to check out this idea to hold the pattern in the glass.
More pictures below… Remember to click on each picture to get an enlarged view.
You had me thinking when you asked me how and what I do when I do glass engraving. 🙂 I never thought about my techniques before, I started out doing glass etching with cream but it never really did the details I wanted. A friend of mine gave me a diamond bits and a handle and I never put it down, in the future I would like to start sand blasting. I have tried using the dremel but don’t feel I have enough control with it, but still play around with it once in awhile.
Using the bits and handle it is easier to use fine crystal, I have found it is harder to use and slips when on hard glass. I have found a lot of old crystal glass in thrift stores and yard sales to learn and practices on them. I also found that it is harder for me to get the 3D effect when you’re doing the way I am and got discouraged a lot. Until one day I used a pencil drawing instead of pictures, I could always draw and felt I do it better maybe this way. I was correct, so now I use drawings I download from the web and use them as my patterns. I put them in the vase or glass and pack it down with cloth to have a tight fit. Lighting is a very important part in doing glass engraving. If your light is not over head you can see shadows and do mistakes. A comfortable place to do this is also very important, because if you’re like me will be sitting for hours without knowing it. I use my bed and put a pillow in my lap to hold the glass, I have a light that swings right over my head and start engraving. I start out using 1mm diamond bit and do a light trace of the object and then do light shading before taking out the pattern. Then with the pattern out I use the dark cloth and use little bit of the rub and buff color wax so I can see all lines clearly. Some kind of house hold cleaner can take it off after you are finished with your glass project, and that’s what I do to with my fun after work 🙂
Here is an elk I did yesterday to figure out what I do exactly so I could write this down.
Thank you for your kind words and I hope this helps others to learn how fun glass engraving can be,
I thought Diane did an excellent job and it is unique to see hand engravings without a rotary tool! Please leave her some feedback in the comments below and feel free to ask her any questions. Thank you, Diane!
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