Awards & Engraving

August '19

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62 • A&E AUGUST 2019 finding the right items that let you put your marker onto them to be able to mark the glass in the right place by rotating it in front of the marker. We used to do this frequently until a gadget was made that allowed us to adjust the marker in various positions without having to search for objects to do the same. The tool makes the marking job easier and faster. Once the marks are made, you can apply the stencil to the glass. Should you have to deal with a larger stencil or sev- eral to go onto one of the problem glasses, then other factors come into play. Whenever you deal with a compound curve and text, you may notice that the text shifts to the "frowny face" or "smiley face" shape. This is due to the curvature, and when you lay out the text on a straight line, depending on the curve of the glass, it bends up or down. The only way to avoid this situation is by first taking a piece of paper and taping it around the glass in a band. Then you take your marker and mark a line going around the glass completely. Take the paper band off the glass and lay it flat on your table — it will show the curve. Next, scan the curve into your computer and lay out your text on the given curve. When you apply the stencil to the glass, it reads straight in spite of the curvature of the glass. This is the only way you can avoid the bent look of text. I hope this gives you some food for thought, especially the latter part. In my last workshop a couple of students were delighted to learn the trick with the curve; they had struggled with that for some time and could not come up with a solution. They couldn't wait to get home and try that on some of their products. It is always gratifying to be able to impart new knowl- edge to others; their delight and success is my reward. © Ruth L Dobbins 2019 An example of using found objects to get the marker in the desired position to draw a registration line around the circumference of the glass. Stencil lined up on the drawn line. The finished glass. Making registration marks on a flared glass shape. A&E

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