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….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 d is the identical oval in the a.  Make it the same way.  The second stroke is an ascender that begins at the mid-point between the top and second lines.  Position the drill so the slanted second stroke will intersect the thin part of the oval.  When the oval is narrow at the bottom, a small triangular opening should appear at the baseline.  Begin the ascender with the full width/weight of the stroke as shown.  As the drill approaches the base line, a gentle curve is made while reducing the pressure to a thin stroke, ending with a quick uplift of the drill to give it a tapering stroke that should end with a point about mid-way between the top and second line.Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.48.43 AM

In the snippet above, notice how the letter has the triangle at the bottom and the serif at the end of the ascender as a connection to the y.  

Learn more about the letters and see them done, up close, in a DVD set. 

Video snippet here.


214.250.6958     Ken Brown website


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