Engraving on Glass

I was first introduced to glass engraving by watching a video advertisement and was fascinated by the effects that can be created on glass products. My daughter bought me an engraving tool and I started to experiment with this beautiful art.

At first I created custom designs for my family and friends but  then I started to get requests from other people to create personalised gifts.

Glass Engraving Machine

My first engraving machine ran using a compressor. I still use this machine but it is noisy and not very portable so I purchased a Foredom micromotor drill. This machine is quiet, comfortable and natural to use. It has a foot speed control so you can adjust the speed of the drill.

Glass Engraving Equipment

Besides the drill and glassware to engrave on, you need to purchase burrs. Diamond burrs produce the brightest effect on the glass. To create shading on your piece of art add the use of green stone burrs, white Arkansas stone burrs and rubber burrs. All of these come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Glass Engraved Gifts

Personalised glasses make ideal gifts. I combine lettering with a picture of something that is meaningful to the user to create a gift that is truly unique.

Often I will put the name of the gift recipient on the glass along with a short message to suit the occasion such as

  • Happy Birthday!
  • Congratulations!
  • Happy 50th, 21st, 18th or other milestone birthdays
  • Happy anniversary
  • Merry Christmas

The possibilities are endless!

Custom Glass Engraving

Once people found out about my glass engraving skills, requests for custom engraved glasses began to start coming in. Here are some of the glasses I have created for customers:

Custom Engraved Beer Glasses

Custom Engraved Wine Glasses

You can look at other examples of my engraved glasses in the gallery here

Start Your Own Home Business

If you find that you are interested in glass engraving and develop some skill for it, there are plenty of people out there that are interested in purchasing custom engraved glasses. This is especially the case if you live in an area where no one else is practising this craft. I am happy to help if you are looking for any advice on starting your own business engraving glassware.  Ask any questions in the comment box below.

Until next time, Happy engraving!

4 thoughts on “Engraving on Glass”

  1. I am a crafts person with many ideas and talents. I have found your posts on glass engraving very exciting, it is a new to me. I am very interested in all aspects of this unique form of art!

    • Hi Diane,
      I agree! Glass engraving is exciting and beautiful. I’m not sure if you are aware, but I do have a youtube video where I demonstrate glass engraving at a beginner level. If you click on the video section of my website you will find the link.
      Thank you for your interest and comment.

  2. Hi Tracey,
    I love your work. I have started glass engraving but want to upgrade to a better drill. I have heard that a micromotor is the best but don’t know which one. When I put in micromotor in google some of them are for dentists is this correct, can you use these?
    Hope you can help me to find a good drill that is not too expensive.

    Karen Gray

    • Hi Karen, I use a Foredom 1070 high speed rotary micro motor kit which I purchased directly from their website. I think their current price is just over $400. It is quite smooth and easy to use. You are correct in that these micro motors are more of a dentist type of drill. I have tried a cheaper type of drill but found it heavy and it jumped around a bit on the glass. There could be others out there at a more affordable price but I can only speak from my own personal experience.


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