Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review: Glass Engraving Course and Patterns by Eastern Publishing

All images are © to Eastern Publishing.

Photos from top to bottom 1) Front Cover, 2) Back cover, 3 and 4) Samples found in book (no page number given)

I will make a quick review about this book, the reason this review is not going to be so detailed; is because this isn’t one of my favourite books. This book concentrates in surface engraving (sort of scratching the glass with out a drill or a motorized tool) but with a tip holder and diamond and stone burrs. There are no chapters in the book but it has about 18 pages of instructions and about 20 pages of samples and step by step figures on how to do certain engravings. The samples are not quiet as professional as I would like.

One must remember, to be great you must study great exemplars… !

These are some of the subjects discussed in the book:

A bit about the history of glass

Types of glass

Material needed

Helpful hint

The workplace and lighting

The right position is important!

Glass engraving techniques

Can I use the diamond engraver tips in my electric of flex shaft engraver?

Preparing for engraving

Step by step illustrated instruction for your first attempts (22 steps)

Attaching patterns to the outer surface of the glass

These subjects are not discussed in great detail, but you can get the idea.

Because I am awesome… if you want to buy it?? Here it is!

I got the book for 2.98 dollars, at a local book store in their “used section”

A friend recommended to buy the burrs (any diamond burrs that you would like to use) and use these type of mechanical pencils (just make sure the burrs fit the pencils)

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Thank you for reading and happy happy happy ENGRAVING!

Friday, September 23, 2011

A small sample of our next book to be reviewed.

(click on image to enlarge)

Though this book concentrates more on surface engraving and non on copper-wheel intaglio engraving, I think our readers that practice drill engraving will get a small idea in how certain tones are achieved. Here is a small sample of the book and I will try to do the review this weekend. The samples on the book are really not the best. But it gives you an idea of how to work the shades and tones. Thank you all for visiting. The name if the book is: Glass engraving course and patterns by Eastern Publishing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Getting lost in the dreams of Japan’s own Hiroko Shoami. Glass engraver extraordinaire!

All images are © to Hiroko Shoami and have been used with the humble permission given by the artist.

I came across Hiroko’s work when I was doing some research on line and went to the web site of the guild of glass engravers. I thought it was quiet amazing and extraordinary. The techniques used by this amazing engraver are Stipple, line, sandblasting, point engraving and copper wheel engraving and as you can see a soft amazing finished is acquired by doing so. I am so honored to have been given permission by Hiroko and given some photos to share with the rest of you. Please visit Hiroko’s web site:

Again thank you so very much to Hiroko for giving me the permission to share with our visitors these astonishing pieces of art.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The enchanted myths of Edmond.

All images are © to Edmond Suciu and we are humbled to have been given permission to use them.

I found Edmond a while ago, and loved his engravings. They remind me of a Greek sculpture. An artist who instead of marble works on glass. I love the detail, proportions and versatility of his work. His subjects are full of expressions and movement and the soft cuts make them look as if they have been laced with divinity… The divinity of his hands. Thank you Edmond for allowing me to share your work with the readers.

Please visit his website: