Those are beautiful!!
How did the fleur-de-lys become black if you hand etched them? Did you use a pigment or something?
I want to drill holes in glass but I have a question that I can't seem to get a straight answer to:
I know electricity and water don't mix but is battery power safer? I specifically bought a battery-powered Dremel so I could drill glass in water (I have a diamond tipped bit, too). Am I going to be safe?
By the way, I had previously bought a Flex-Shaft but it says right on the package that you can't use it with the battery-powered Dremel.
I thought it would save me time and frustration if I just asked an expert like yourself....someone who actually *does* this!
Lets see, dichroic glass is sold clear or bonded to a black background layer, so these have a coating of dichro over black. When you etch the dichroic coating off, the black shows through, voila! Then it's well scrubbed and capped with clear glass and fused.
I use a battery powered Dremel, in a small dish of water with a sponge that keeps me from drilling through the bottom of the container, heck, I'll go take a picture!
ta-da! bad picture, but you get the gist! Small container, just enough water to cover the glass, and the tiny drill bit doesn't splash much! Don't put much pressure, it's a slow process, when I started I got about six to eight pieces done by the time I ruined a bit, now I can use the same one for dozens, I can't explain what exactly to do, but you get a feel for it?!
And yes! Anyone can come play at my house! Need a bring your own glass [or whatever] party!