Years ago, as my craftsmanship developed, I wanted a way to sign my stained glass pieces and now my fused glass pieces. I take pride in the quality of my work. If I am not willing to put my mark on it, than it is not worthy of selling. I wanted it to be a permanent mark yet not so visible as to distract from the work. For a while, I used a Dremel Rotary tool with a diamond bit. It worked okay but was inconvenient and cumbersome to use. Then one year while at the Glass Craft and Bead Expo I found a titanium marking pen. It worked great albeit the mark is very light. You almost have to know where to look for it.
While strolling through Home Depot one day, (yes, I actually enjoy strolling around Home Depot) I saw the Dremel Engraver. I decided this might be a convenient way to sign my work. A dropped a hint to my husband who bought it for me for Christmas. Sad but true… most women want jewelry … I want tools! It took me another 6 months to get around to ordering the diamond engraving tip that is optional. Unfortunately, it did not do what I wanted at all. Unlike the Dremel Rotary tool which rotates the bit, the engraver seems to work by moving the bit rapidly up and down like a jack hammer. The result is a very rough looking mark on the glass.
So I am back to using my titanium marking pen. Today I ordered a new titanium pen from Playing with Fire. It is supposed to be a much improved pen. Their website says:
“… it’s able to lay down a smoother, and much more visible line – with a fraction of the effort needed with others pens .”
I hope it does! I’ll let you know how it goes.