….and the letters are all about ovals, loops, straight lines, curves, and quick lifts of the drill.
NOTE: All letters in this series were done with a #4 round carbide dental bur on flat glass. Guidelines are 1/4″ apart. The top and bottom lines are the boundaries for the ascenders and descenders. The drill is running continuously during the entire letter.
THE LOWER CASE e begins like the other ovals. Begin at 12:00 with a heavy stroke that can still become slightly heavier as it moves down toward the baseline. As it is about to touch the baseline, reduce the pressure enough to make it thinner. Where it touches the baseline, lift the drill quickly to create the tapering serif as the drill lifts off the surface.
The serif should be outside the normal path it would follow to complete the oval. The serif is the connector for the next letter. Never make the serif end with the drill on the surface; the drill should stop in the air above the surface. The second part of the e is the small stroke above. Place the drill at the precise point you began the oval portion and make the small stroke thick at first, then reduce the pressure as you finish it, terminating it at 9:00 in the side of the first stroke.
Notice in the sample above how the serif on the r provides the connection point for the e. The e, in this example, does not have the quick lift of the drill to create the sharp ending. If the e is inside the word and be connected as shown, continue the stroke at the bottom with a lighter pressure to make s ‘serif-connector’ to the next letter, in this example, a v. Every letter in this complete alphabet is shown being made in this DVD set.
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