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You can start engraving with very little outlay, the following is a list of the basic tools, equipment and material required to experience the joy of this hobby, if you find yourself captivated you can always upgrade, if you find engraving on glass is not your thing you will be surprised at the uses that can be found for your rotary tool.
What you need to get started:
Flexible shaft rotary tool
These are available in most hardware stores for a little over $NZ100.
Often called a dremel, although dremel is a brand name and there are many other brands available.
A range of shapes and sizes are often supplied with your rotary tool. These are often of a fairly coarse grade, they don't always give a nice edge when working on ordinary glass, but are OK to experiment with, finer grade burs are available through dentistry and some craft suppliers (I found my supplier on the internet), and even a $NZ3.00 one does a good job.
The finer the better, for drawing your design on the glass.
Print a picture from the internet, use a photo, print some text straight from your wordprocessor or draw from your imagination straight onto the glass with your permanent marker.
A piece of scrap glass, a glass coaster, a jam jar or a drinking glass out of your cupboard will do.
Ear muffs or plugs
The safety equipment listed above is a must!!! The process of engraving is noisy and will damage your hearing without ear muffs/plugs, and the dust created is very fine and can cause all sorts of nasty problems if you breath it in.
A most useful lesson page provided by Lesley Pyke:
Lesley must be Britains leading drill engraver, her skill and talent are incredible!! I strongly advise any budding glass engravers to view her videos too:
Note: I started engraving with a cordless rotary tool, it proved heavy in the hand and awkward to use, the need to recharge it was also frustrating, however it was cheap (around $NZ25.00 from memory) and did give me the opportunity to experience engraving with minimal outlay.
More Advanced Tool:
More photos to come, as time permits....