Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Glass Engraving Using Rotary Tool


Glass engraving is one of the enjoyable engraving activity that you can adopt as hobby or make money with it,it's always fun. You don't need to be good at drawing or be very artistic,if you cannot do freehand drawing, you can just trace paper patterns, photos, quotations,florals,simply anything through the glass and carry on with engraving,use it for yourself or get appreciation by giving the engraved gifts.

 Things You Need
  • Glass( a glass,a vase,Picture frame etc)
  • Pattern/Template
  • Non Permanent Marker
  • Engraving Tool(Rotary tool)
  • Grinding Bits(For engraving large areas )
  • Diamond Bits(For finer engraving like thin lines or final touches)
  • Damp Cloth
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Surgical Mask
  • Goggles
  • Ear Plugs

Grinding bits image by:etoolshop.co.uk

Diamond bits image by:biztrademarket.com

  • Choose a glass object to engrave and clean it with the glass cleaner.
  • Trace the template you want to engrave on the glass,either,using stencil or by sticking the tracing paper on the inner side of glass and copying the design with the non permanent marker.
  • Put on your Surgical mask and goggles to protect your eyes, mouth and nose from glass dust,and earplugs to avoid the noise of rotary tool that can be distracting.
  • Using the rotary tool, start engraving your glass object on the pattern you drew.
  • For the wide area and broad pattern,use grinding bits and for finer lines and compact design use diamond bits.
  • Glass engraving will produce glass dust so wipe the glass often with the damp cloth to clear the surface. Continue drilling and wiping repeatedly until your design is finished and the engraving is complete.
  • Once your glass is engraved,clean it with the glass cleaner.

Image by:silverdragonstudio.com 

Image by:engraving-review.com

  • Always work in well ventilated area and with good lighting. 
  • Before glass engraving,make sure to use surgical mask,ear plugs and goggles.
  • Glass dust can even cut your hands so be careful with it,and clean it with damp cloth or paper towel.


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