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Copper wheel engraving is one of the most skilled and demanding forms of glass art. The image is carved into the glass or crystal with tiny copper grinding wheels. The scale is small and the delight is is the wealth of detail possible.
The artist must combine skills from the disciplines of drawing and sculpting, as well as mastering the techniques of crystal grinding in which the piece being carved is held up against the wheels, which turn on a fixed spindle.
Erika Henseleit, our German trained engraver, starts by making a detailed pencil drawing of the image, which she then reproduces on the piece. We accept commissions for custom engravings and the finished order will come complete with her pencil drawing. Architecture, animals and beloved scenes all make perfect subjects for a truly special piece of custom art.
Prices for custom engravings start around $900. A limited number of ready made copper wheel engraved pieces are available for sale in our showroom.
This type of work is most often seen on display in museums and there are not many craftsmen qualified to do it. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only company in Ontario offering this.