FIRST, A TIP:
Recently, a student going through my Ken Brown Certified Engraver program got herself in a pickle. Sour, not sweet. In the orientation evening of the class, the evening before the first day, each student stipples their initial onto a glass. I did the initial in Calligraphy, with pen and ink on mylar.
(YES…it’s nice to be able to do that but it is NOT necessary to learning engraving with a dental drill. The letters, technique, hand position, and the way you hold your mouth are TOTALLY different.)
The student loved the 3 day class and excelled. She then signed up for the optional Certification program. While in the midst of doing one of the ten projects for the Certification, she took a job that had a dozen or so wine bottles for a customer. There was a logo that she agreed to stipple on each bottle. Didn’t ask her the details and what she was getting for the job, but she took on a time-sucking job of stippling the logos, along with doing her beautiful script.
She called me in the middle of the job. In a panic. Her 4 month old drill had fried. Cartridge (the thing that spins with the cutting bur/bit inside) was zapped. Wouldn’t turn. She had to return the drill for repair and that left her with NO drill or extra cartridge. She was up that well-known creek and had no paddle. Job stalled. Payment for the job delayed.
She called me and asked to borrow one of my extra drills until hers was returned. I said yes.
MORAL OF THE STORY. ACTUALLY TWO MORALS OF THE STORY:
1. Heavy-handed, repeated stippling probably shortens the life of the cartridge. Stippling is cool but hard on the cartridge.
2. ASAP after you get your drill, purchase an extra cartridge. About $170. It’s the equivalent of having a spare tire on a rocky road with a flash flood predicted in the creek you’re about to cross when you had the flat!
If all this has been boiling in your head for a while, take that leap of faith…where the net always appears…and come learn this amazing skill that will serve you well, wherever you live.
To make it a bit easier for you, I’ll lend you one of MY drills for the class. It will work flawlessly. You won’t have to make that investment in addition to the class fee.
Pay only 50% of the class to secure your seat. Balance due the first day of class.
Christmas is coming.
Questions or to enroll…214.250.6958
Photo by Kevin Brown
Did she by chance send you a photo of her project? Would love to see the logo she was stippling. I hope she charged well!!
I’ve asked. Check back here in a day or so.