Super-thin glasses hand-engraved with a #2 round diamond bur for fear a carbide would break them. VERY light touch.
Top two lines of the chalice done with a #3 round carbide. Other lines with a #2 round carbide. Baselines drawn with a Sharpie Ultra Fine marker in an up-and-down adjustable gizmo that held the pen while I spun the upside-down glass on a smooth table-top with the marker touching the glass at the proper place for each line. A spritz of 99% isopropyl alcohol and a micro fiber cloth instantly zapped the lines and polished each piece when done.
One hour. $175. Not the best rate for an hour’s engraving. Quoted price was over $200. but it was for a little gray-haired lady hobbling in to have gifts for her daughter and husband’s 25th wedding anniversary before they headed out for an Alaskan cruise. So I gave her a break for cash.
The job was stress-free and in an air-conditioned room with a soft chair, a cool glass of Blue Moon, and DIRE STRAITS bluetoothing out of my iPhone, through the Bose speakers behind my lamp.
Better than a septuagenarian working the rocking chair.
Oh yes….Our next Engraving Workshop will be in January. Watch for dates. Be there. This is not difficult. Nobody’s doing it in your neighborhood and you could use the money.
These are so exquisite, Ken!! The challenging part for me is always the measuring & lining up… amazes me how you always keep the spacing so balanced. Do you give classes? (I need never even _attempt to make funny to the most clever wordsmith around these here parts!)
Beautiful, Ken. Thank you for sharing with all of us!
Hey Lucia…….YOU are too generous. Also, YOU are the only one reading these blogs. Perhaps, I should say the only one responding to them! Thanks for that.
Since you come from such a rich history of Calligraphy (a proper noun in your life and mine!) my faint instructions and musings should be just ho hum for you. But, when you feel you need a gentle re-direct on layout, etc., let’s huddle ‘neat the fluorescents and talk about tape and lines and positioning. No magic here.