Glass Engraving Made Easy: How to Pick and Use the Right Engraving Bits

Glass is a popular material for engraving, whether it's for personal projects, gifts, or even professional applications. 

However, many people struggle with choosing the right bits to use for their engraving projects. It's important to use the right tools to achieve the desired result, whether you're looking for a deep engraving or a subtle etching. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the process of selecting the right bits to use when engraving on glass. 


You'll learn about different things you can do with the 30-Bit Set from your Customizer Engraving Pen and each bit specific use, as well as tips and tricks to help you achieve the perfect engraving every time. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced engraver, get ready to take your glass engraving to the next level!

Before we start

The first and most important thing you have to do when engraving on glass is to take the right safety measures since engraving glass can create hazardous glass dust, which can be harmful to your health if inhaled.

To ensure your safety, it's crucial to take the necessary precautions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Work in a well-ventilated area. This will help to reduce the amount of glass dust in the air and keep you safe.
  • Wear protective gear. A dust mask, eye protection, and gloves can go a long way in preventing injury or illness from glass dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly. After you've finished engraving, be sure to clean up any glass dust that may have accumulated on your work surface and in the surrounding area.
  • Dispose of glass waste properly. Avoid sweeping or vacuuming glass dust, as this can cause it to become airborne. Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe up the dust and dispose of it in a sealed container.


By following these simple precautions, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable engraving experience. Remember to always prioritize your safety when working with glass dust, and if you have any concerns or questions, don't hesitate to consult with a professional.

What Bits should I use? Engraving on Glass

If you’re with me looking at the 30-Bit Set, you will see the perfect bits for glass.

With the Ball Tips you can create the most precise design since you don’t need to use sharpness. They last even longer!
Depending on the thickness of the ball you use, you’ll get softer or stronger strokes.
What you can do: Fine Line, Write, outline, and even Lettering!
The Square bits will help you create medium to thick strokes.
ProTip: Use it slightly in angle to make the most of the bit and get incredible results
What you can do: Medium lines, perfect for creating movement effects in your designs.
With this Bit Mix, you’ll be able to make big strokes with almost no effort.
What you can do: Strong lines and shadows
Disclaimer: If you use it perpendicularly, it will scrape the glass but not in a very precise way. We recommend the same tip as above.
And our final but not least important bits are the Pincel Tips. Just for the looks, it seems like these are the most useful bits to use in the glass, but sadly they are not.
That doesn’t mean you’re not going to use them.
With it, you can fill in any design in a blink of an eye 
What you can do: Precise and thick lines, fill in designs, or create big strokes

So there you have it folks, the ultimate guide to using the right bits for glass engraving. Whether you're new to the game or a seasoned pro, this 30-Bit Set from your Customizer Engraving Pen is your one-stop-shop for creating beautiful designs on glass. Just remember, safety first! Make sure to follow the tips we mentioned to keep you and your work area safe from any hazardous glass dust. Now get ready to rock those engravings!


If you want to learn more, don’t miss our other blog posts.

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How to engrave on Wood

How to engrave on Stone

How to engrave on Glass

How to engrave on Egg

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Thank you for the guide on what tips to use, very helpful .


Thank you for the great educational tip.

Abraham Gebru

Thank you for the great educational tip.

Abraham Gebru

I have been a glass artist for appx. 40 years and I must say I adore my culiau engraver

Karen Reed

Hi culiau family..I just checked out your blog..on glass etching and drawing..can’t waite to try..I’m working on a large abstract drawing for my eldest son..and it is very detailed and takes up most of my time from other projects..I come home from work and get right to it..when I’m home I’m working on it…soon done tho..then I can continue with my wood..and I will add glass to the mix..thank you for all the info I recieve from some of your posts..
God’s blessing on all culiau family and enjoy the gift of art

Corrinne Malone

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