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post #11 of 20
I attached a sample of my work. It is done dot by dot with a drafting pen. I then added some graphite shading and little wash.

Pointilist simply means converting your artwork into a a series of fine points. This works well in acrylic and black and white art because you can simulate shading by clustering the points or spreading them out.
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WOW!

That must have taken hours man, great job! What I am doing is just text, so I suppose it does not require such a method hehe.
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For text something like what Wax suggested would be perfect. But it's basically like drawing. The cone bit will be easy to control the little ball next easiest. Big bits will jump around a lot--so the smaller ones are better for control.
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Alright, I'll keep that in mind.

What do these ball bits look like?
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Like a very small bb attached to a tapered shaft--maybe an1/8" to a 1/16" around. But the BB has a ridged sawtooth cutting edge milled onto it.

If you are willing to spend som e money take a look at structured carbide bits--they will last forever and rather than having a toothlike scutting surface they are impregnated with little tiny spikes of tungsten carbide--they will cut anything--even stainless. By not having a sawtooth design they cut very smooth. Not to mention never wearing out (on acrylic anyway).
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Alright cool. I don't seem to have any of those special bits. You gave me something to think about, thanks.
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Lowes or Home Depot stock them--thje Dremel ones I mean. Structured Carbide would have to come from a tool specialists.
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For text, I'd suggest tape + sand method... It's a lot less likely to eff up...
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don't take my word on this,but if it's just text could you use a chemical etch bath for this?

i know for certian this works on glass,not sure about acrylic though
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don't take my word on this,but if it's just text could you use a chemical etch bath for this?

i know for certian this works on glass,not sure about acrylic though
I heard about that method as well, but I'd rather not purchase a kit just for this small task. Rep for the help though.
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