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Lettering on glass
Mocatta, Charmian.
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Publication Information:
London : A & C Black ; Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Covers safety and ergonomics, methods of engraving and sandblasting, and design considerations.

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TP863 .M69 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Very often beautifully engraved designs on glass are spoiled by poor lettering because, though the artist knows how to draw, he does not know the fundamentals of producing good letters. In this book, Charmian Mocatta discusses the basics of lettering, significant properties of glass such as translucence and color, and the techniques such as engraving and sandblasting by which letters can be put on glass. This is a practical handbook which uses the artwork of internationally known glass artists to illustrate the text.

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The Glass Handbook series was conceived as an introduction to various topics and techniques relating to making glass. The books are aimed at the student or the practised glassmaker who is experimenting in a new area.

Author Notes

Charmian Mocatta is an associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers and produces their quarterly newsletter. She has taught calligraphy and lettering at various colleges and holds workshops throughout the UK.

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Library Journal Review

These are guides for the surface decoration of commercially available glass objects. Le Van's book is a collection of uncomplicated, step-by-step projects for etching, bottle cutting, painting on glass, and working with stained glass. The finished products include tableware and decorative sun-catchers. Professional glass engraver Mocatta provides a manual of techniques for artists who use lettering in their engraving designs. She discusses tools and the critical considerations when designing glass objects. Both books are suitable for public library crafts collections, and the Mocatta book would also be useful in academic arts collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Safetyp. 13
Use of lightp. 15
Posture & working positionp. 17
Glassp. 19
Where to obtain glassp. 21
The Glass Artist
Windows, doors and panels
Optical glass
Antique glass
Ways of using glassp. 28
Methods of engravingp. 31
Diamond tipped scriber
Acid etch
Electrically driven drill
Galleryp. 41
Inspiration & implementationp. 49
First questions
More specific questions
Originating the letters
Developing a design for a goblet
Finalising the design
Planning a monogram
Planning letters in a circle on a horizontal plane
Transferring the designp. 67
Engraving the designp. 71
The dry method
The wet method
Surface engraving technique
Suggested stages of engraving
Presentationp. 79
Sandblastp. 80
Sandblast cabinet
Masks for sandblast
Design considerations for sandblastp. 84
Hand cut mask: attaching self-adhesive plastic
Attaching a commercially made vinyl mask
Hand cut mask: attaching the drawing
Attaching commercially made stencils
Cutting the design
Protecting the glass
Cutting for deep sandblasting
In the sandblast cabinetp. 95
Working practice
Cleaning up
Photographing engraved letteringp. 97
Sending glass through the postp. 100
Pricing workp. 101
Appendix Leonard Evettsp. 103
Conclusionp. 107
Glossaryp. 108
Bibliographyp. 110
Indexp. 111