The Amazing Dremel with Jill Timm – Day 1
I just finished my first day at the Focus on Book Arts conference. After having spent over 12 hours traveling yesterday, it was so nice to get to play all day long.
Today was day 1 of a 2-day workshop with Jill Timm – The Amazing Dremel. The amazing thing is that I finally own a Dremel after having wanted one for several years. I’m so happy.
My Dremel’s name is Stan. I don’t know why I picked that name other than the fact that he just looks like a Stan. See for yourself:
I arrived at my workstation to find a wooden box. I open it up and meet my new friends:
Best.materials.fee.ever. Jill spent some time giving us a basic overview of how to use the Dremel. I’ll be honest – the thing Stan scared me a little. At first I held it too tight, which gave me some unpleasant hand cramps. I was able to relax my grip more as the day went on.
The class moved from brief demonstrations to Dremel play. We got to practice techniques on a small piece of material and then would work on a larger piece for us to refer to in the future.
We were able to choose the design we used for each material and I decided to stick with something basic for the whole series. I didn’t want to waste time trying to figure out what to do – I just wanted to dive in and play with the Dremel. Sometimes I just get too hung up on the details.
Welcome to the “E Series”:
So far, I think I like working with glass the best. Since the surface is hard, you can get nice smooth lines. I also found that the Dremel was easiest to control on glass. Plus you can work on both sides to get some depth. The thicker the glass, the more interesting effects you can achieve.
Jill explained that one drawback to using a Dremel on glass is that drilling holes in it usually causes the glass to shatter – the glass heats up quickly in one area while another stays cool – then kablooey. I’m guessing that a drill that uses water to keep the drilled surface cool would work better.
The mirror was also fun to work with – you could remove the back surface layer to reveal the glass beneath. You could then lay something over the exposed glass to add color to your front view.
After having worked on the glass, I felt that the linoleum was a bit submissive. I discovered that if you use a grinding bit for a length of time, you risk melting the linoleum onto your bit. Luckily, I had a brush attachment that I used to remove the offending linoleum.
I’m sure that I’m not the first person to find linoleum offensive.
You can use the Dremel to work the linoleum and then use the finished piece for printmaking. I’m guessing the same is true for wood, although the detail isn’t as crisp. You’d have a much rougher image or one without much detail.
Overall, a really fun day. I’m covered in a delightful dust blend, but totally worth it.