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Glass Engraving with Grindstones

This book explains the stone wheel technique of engraving glass in a methodical and easily understood manner. Simple practice cuts to more elaborate creations are clearly explained, as are processes of acid etching, sandblasting, glue chipping, lettering, lashed glass decorating, silkscreening, and surface coloring of glassware. The first 45 pages of the text offer a detailed explanation for constructing a grinder, which is the basic tool used in this work. 

The author comes from a long line of glassmakers; his ancestors worked for the Crystalerie du Saint Louis, as well as for C. Dorflinger & Sons. He took on glass engaving after his own retirement, and found very little in the way of printed instructions related to engraving glass. This volume is an attempt to remedy that.

322 pages, 178 illustrations
Robert V. Smith
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Glass Engraving with Grindstones