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 b begins with a thin, slight curve at the top line, then straightens out to a bold line. As the drill approaches the baseline, a gentle curve is made while reducing the pressure to a thin stroke, ending after a loop that touches the second line. After the loop, place the drill at the beginning of the first stroke and make a light stroke as shown in the completed letter. The thin loop should be slightly curved and terminate at the second line. The ‘pigtail’ of the loop should extend far enough right for the next letter in the work to be connected to it.
Above is a snippet of lettering on a wine bottle showing the b in the word brought. When an r follows the b, dip the line coming out of the loop low enough to give the r a left leg. Learn more about the letters and see them done, up close, in a DVD set.
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