Engraving with the EasyMarkô 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.
- EasyMark Electric Engraver
- 20 Piece Diamond Tip Set
- A pattern. You can draw you own, use commercially available patterns, or
take a color picture and make it into a black and white copy.
- For opaque pieces you will need a way to transfer the pattern on to the
surface. Saral transfer paper is a good choice. It comes in five colors and
is wax free.
- Item to engrave
- Safety Glasses
- Double stick tape
- Tissues or soft cloth
- Black felt
Inserting and Removing Tips
to the EasyMarkô 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.
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 find the tips that achieve the results you
want. There is no right or wrong tip and the different tips will create
different lines; carve to different depths and at different angles. You will
find some are 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 and others are better at working designs on three dimensional
Tips: Tracing patterns and outlines; fine line details; shading by applying
a series of etched lines very close to each other; applying dots and stipple
- Cones: Drawing fine lines; etching arcs and shading areas on flat and
- Cylinders: Making dots and circles; shading, striping, especially useful
on curved surfaces
- Cone / Cylinder Combinations: Drawing lines and details; shading on flat
and curved surfaces; making arcs; etching dots and circles and writing or
- Christmas Tree: Shading, shading arcs, lines
- Disc: Use for making dots and circles
- Teardrop: Shading and deeper carving, making feathered and tapered lines
Here are some simple practice exercises you can do using the different tip to
get a better idea and feel for what they and the tool will do for you:
- Try pulling the tip across, pushing it and moving it back and forth, and
- Filling an area with dots is called stippling and is done by just
touching surface with the tip end. Create the appearance of a shadow by
using this technique.
- Draw a square and shade it in to a solid white using a ball and/or
- Practice writing and printing to get a feel of how the engraver feels
and moves on the glass.
- Draw a long rectangle and shade from clear to opaque white using
- Practice making half-tones and shading using different tips.
- Create feathered strokes by applying the tip to the surface lightly and
then fling the tip away as you lift it off the glass.
- Draw the same line in series using different tips to the see variations
Ready, Set, Engrave!
There are different ways to transfer your design to the surface you are
engraving. Keep in mind that etched areas appear lighter and un-etched areas
appear darker when working your design. Choose the one that best fits the
material being engraved and your comfort level. You will find it easier to work
from a black and white pattern.
- If you are artistic, you can draw the pattern on the piece with a
chinagraph or wax based pencil.
- If you are engraving on glass or an item you can see through secure the
pattern face up to the back of the material using double stick tape. Cut the
pattern leaving about a 1/4" border around the picture.
- If you are engraving on an opaque surface you will transfer the pattern
using Saral paper. Place the pattern on the Saral paper and then cut around
the pattern, leaving about 1/4" edge. Put the transfer paper down on the
front side with the pattern on top, tape in place. Use a red pen to trace
the pattern so that you can see where you have gone. Trace only the outline
of the design, flower centers, leaf veins and the main pattern lines of
animals and other designs. Shading lines are etched by referring to the
pattern. When youíre done tracing, carefully lift only one side of the
pattern and check to make sure you have traced the entire pattern.
Engraving the Design
in a well lit area.
- 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.
- Keep your eyes directly above the area you are working to avoid
distorting the pattern.
- To make sure you havenít 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.
- Once the 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
- 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 and to an area to etch it more but you canít remove marks
- 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.
- Periodically wipe away the dust to view your progress.
- When you are satisfied with the design, gently wash the object to remove
any dust, prints, and drawing marks.
- Congratulations! You have completed your first etched piece.
With practice you will become more adept at picking out the right tips for
the design and manipulating them. Donít be afraid to experiment and find your
own style! Click the image for a PDF with these and other patterns to get you started!
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