Inland Craft

Engraving with the EasyMark™ Electric Engraver
and the 20 Piece Diamond Tip Set

You can use the Inland EasyMark Electric Engraver with diamond tips to engrave designs on beveled glass, glassware, polished stone pieces, stone slabs, stone vessels, glazed ceramics, and more. The technique is simple and with a little practice you will be creating beautiful designs for yourself, as gifts or to sell.

The Tools:

EasyMark Engraver and 20 pc TipSet

Keep It Cool!

To protect and prolong the life of your engraving tips (or any diamond tool) it is important to supply coolant to the diamond surface during use. There are a number of ways to achieve this depending on what you are engraving:

Getting Started

Refer to the EasyMark Engraver user guide on how to insert and remove the diamond tips. Because the EasyMark spins the diamond tip, it does most of the work for you. Using a light hand allows you to better control the tip on the engraving surface and prevents premature wearing of the diamond. If you hear the tip “squeal” you are pressing too hard causing the tool motor to turn against a stationary tip. It is the repeated application of the diamond tip to an area that progressively whitens the glass to produce shading and depth in the design.

Practice First!

We suggest you start by practicing on a scrap piece of the final material you will be engraving. The first thing to remember is there is no right or wrong tip for creating your designs. You need to find the tips that achieve the results you want; different tips will create different lines, carve to different depths, and work at different angles. You will find some better for drawing thin lines and outlining, others for shading and still others for stippling. You will also find that some tips work best on flat surfaces while others are better at working designs on three dimensional pieces.Diamond Tip Design Users

Here are some simple practice exercises you can do using the different tip to get a better idea and feel for what they will do for you:

Ready, Set, Engrave!

Applying Your DesignApplying Design to Glass Back

There are different ways to transfer your design to the surface you are engraving. Choose the one that best fits the material being engraved and your comfort level. Keep in mind that etched areas appear lighter and non-etched areas appear darker when working your design. Because of this you will find it easier to work from a black and white pattern.

Engraving your designEngraving the Design

  1. Work in a well lit area.
  2. Start by drawing in the outlines and other primary lines in the design. Start at the top and work down using light continuous strokes to avoid making double lines.
  3. Keep your eyes directly above the area you are working to avoid distorting the pattern.
  4. To make sure you have not forgotten any lines, tilt the object and look at it from an angle. You should see your engraved lines and the pattern lines as two separate lines. Fill in any you may have missed.
  5. Once right and wrong engraving strokesthe outlines are drawn you will remove the pattern and put it to the side to serve as guide as you add the shading and details. Place the piece on black felt, or in the case of a glass or similar item, stuff the inside with the felt. This will provide contrast and allow you to see your progress.
  6. Using the pattern for reference begin adding the shading and other details that will bring your design to life. Remember to let the tools do the work! Avoid using excessive pressure; a light, steady hand is best. You can always go over an area to etch it more but you can’t remove marks already there!
  7. Make sure to shade in a direction natural to the lines of the pattern. For example, shade in toward the center of flowers, not across. Engrave grass, fir, feathers, and similar in the direction they grow. You will get a more realistic looking image.
  8. Periodically wipe away the dust to view your progress.
  9. When you are satisfied with the design, gently wash the object to remove any dust, prints, and drawing marks.
  10. Congratulations, you have completed your first etched piece!

Some Final Notes

With practice you will become more adept at picking out the right tips for the design and manipulating them. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your own style! Click the image below for a PDF you can print out with these and other patterns to get you started!

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