A few days ago, on my YouTube channel I announced a little contest. I asked: “How to use the most primitive tools, put a hard-to-remove inscription on the window glass?”.
In this article I will explain the principle of this method, and, in the attached video, I will show how to make such an inscription. Let’s get started!
Important note: This method is not invented by me. My friend told me about this method, and then I saw it in the TV series “Wheelers Dealers” on Discovery Channel.
So, what do we need to put an inscription or a picture on the glass?
Materials and tools.
- A piece of sheet glass.
- Paper stencil. You can print the stencil on the printer and cut out the contour.
- Glue for paper.
- A sharp knife or a scalpel.
- Angle grinder.
- Grinding wheel. Its granularity can be selected experimentally.
- A piece of iron rod or a long steel bolt.
- Protective goggles and hearing protectors or ear plugs. REMEMBER, hot iron filings can damage your eyes!
When you are stocked with everything you need, you can start the process.
- Using a stationery knife or a scalpel, cut out the stencil along the contour.
- Carefully clean the surface of the glass from grease and dirt. The cleaner the glass, the better your picture will be.
- Gently stick the stencil to the glass. We try to apply the glue so that it does not stain the uncoated sections of the glass
- We find a place where you can safely use a grinder. Do not do this in your room, as this is a noisy and dusty process.
- Turn on the grinder and, applying the iron rod to the grinding wheel, begin to fill the figure with a sheaf of sparks. The rod must be kept to the grinding machine so that the distance to the glass is minimal, and a sheaf of sparks hit the surface being machined vertically (at an angle close to 90 degrees).
- In order to uniformly fill the picture, we pass through the entire outline of the picture or the inscription on the stencil.
- At the end of the drawing, we check the uniformity of the fill and, if you are satisfied, then remove the stencil with warm water and soap.
Additional processing steps:
- If you want to get a more interesting artistic effect, you can put the glass with the inscription on the wet environment. After a while, the iron melted into the glass will oxidize and your pattern or text will become rusty-red.
- If you use this glass in the bathroom or out of the house, then to fix the pattern and prevent its further oxidation, you can cover the picture with a thin layer of varnish.
You can see this how the method works in the video below.
Photos of the finished drawing:
Video with a demonstration of the drawing:
Video with a question to my viewers:
*Forgive me for possible grammatical errors. I’m still improving my English.