Etched/Engraved Glasses

Project Description

What are you most proud of? My son - thus my inspiration for wanting to do a good job on the glasses. LOL What advice would you give someone starting this project? You can start etching immediately with a basic inexpensive dremel. Harbor Freight tools has some for $10 that will get the job done for a beginner. Start with simple designs and work on the feel of the dremel and controlling the angles and edges. As you progress you can get into the depth of the carve, the varying details with different tips, polishing tips and wheels. If you do not draw well free hand you can always tape your image to the inside of the glass and trace it on with a permanent marker or simply begin etching following the image as a pattern. Points on dremels as you get into this work: It's easier to change tips quickly with a dremel that has a collet lock. Some have an ez-change collar in which you just twist or slide the collar, it releases the tip and you pop in the next one. Dremel is a brand name, but has become what we call the small handheld rotary tools with interchangeable tips. Dremel makes wonderful equipment and their newest, the 4000, is optimum for doing the work and is best with the Flex Shaft attachment. These rotary tools are made by many other companies as well. One with a variable speed is preferable because different techniques in the design work, work better in different speeds. Look for ones that can go anywhere from 10,000rpm to 45,000rpm. The Dremel 4000 is 35,000rpm at max. Tips can be purchased from Dremel, however they're more expensive because of the name brand. I have found a site: widgetsupply.com which carries every conceivable tip you could need for engraving whether it's glass, crystal, wood or metal. They also have a more generic version which is interchangeable with Dremel, however is anywhere from $1 to $5 less per tip and work just as well. Always use eye and ear protection as well as a dust mask.

What you will need

  • Heavy mugs
  • dremel
  • diamond tip engravers

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