Trade Secrets! Part 1 of 4

A misunderstanding!

Many people have a misunderstanding of the way in which glass engraving is carried out commercially. Hand engravers typically use a dentist drill to scratch and carve images into the glass, whereas commercial engravers use an entirely different technology:

Step 1: The artwork is generated by computer, and output to a 1200dpi printer.

Step 2: The print-out is turned into a film negative, using a "Repro-graphic Camera" in our dark room.

Step 3: The film image is then transferred onto a silk screen, using UV light sensitive emulsion. Photo-engraving engraves just the surface of the item.

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