The Amazing Dremel with Jill Timm – Day 2

Day two at the Focus on Book Arts conference is now over. Well, not quite – right now I’m listening to Peter Thomas and Jim Croft doing a duet on a harmonica/ukulele and trombone, respectively.

Today was day 2 of The Amazing Dremel with Jill Timm. The day progressed much like it had yesterday. Jill would do a demonstration, then we would have the opportunity to practice what we had learned. Thankfully, I was much more relaxed with Stan today.

More from the “E Series”:

Letter E etched into plexiglass with a Dremel

Dremel + plexiglass

Letter E carved into ceramic tile with a Dremel

Dremel + ceramic tile

Letter E etched into aluminum with a Dremel

Dremel + aluminum

Letter E carved into polymer clay with a Dremel

Dremel + polymer clay

Letter E etched into steel with a Dremel

Dremel + steel

I think my favorite material from today is the ceramic tile. You can remove the gloss from the tile to reveal the matte color underneath, then you can drill further to access the clay base.

My least favorite – plexiglass. Blech, blech, superblech. Jill told us that plexi gets more interesting when you use a thicker piece. That may be true, but my piece from today looked like I dragged it out in the road.

Working with steel was a wacky experience. It was hea-vy – about 3/8″ thick, which doesn’t sound like much but it was substantial. We put some rust goo on it yesterday and set the pieces outside overnight. Today our steel was covered in rusty goodness. When you use the Dremel on steel, sparks fly.

Seriously, sparks fly. Be careful.

Here’s the “E Series” in it’s entirety:

Dremel used with various materials


We made simple books using a Zutter Bind-it-All. We used 2 pieces of bookboard for the covers and CD sleeves for the pages. We could store each of our samples in one of the CD sleeves – pretty cool idea. The last CD sleeve houses a small book we used for recording tips learned while working with each material. The book should prove useful for reference in future projects.

Unfortunately, the book isn’t big enough for all of my samples and I need to do some more work on it.

I’m sad that my workshop is over. Jill Timm is a fabulous teacher – very patient and kind. I would take another class with her in a heartbeat. As a nerdly side note, I had Jill sign my Dremel manual. If it weren’t for her, then Stan would never have come into my life.

Dear Stan, I love you. I’m sorry you have to go home in a UPS box and not on a plane with me. Don’t hate me. Love, Elissa

15 Responses to “The Amazing Dremel with Jill Timm – Day 2”

By Carol - 28 June 2009 Reply

This sounds like a fabulous course and your samples are great. Very interesting to see the different effects. I recently rescued a Dremel kit which had been left in the rain – I think I’ve dried it out successfully and now need to try it out – if it still works. I’ll be looking for a course of some kind though I’ve never seen one advertised in Australia.

By elissa - 1 July 2009 Reply

Carol –

When my Dremel gets back from Oregon, I’ll be writing a blog post, with pictures, about what bits can be used with what materials. Hopefully that can get you started.


By BookGirl - 28 June 2009 Reply

Envious, natch, but so delighted for your experience.

By elissa - 1 July 2009 Reply

It really was so much fun. I heard that during the 2nd run of the class, two people experienced Dremel death and had to run out to buy new ones.

[play Dremel Death March]

I’m lucky that I purchased a new one just before the conference.

By gerri newfry - 29 July 2009 Reply

did you ever put together the book with cd sleeves? i’d love to see that.

By elissa - 29 July 2009 Reply

Gerri –

Nope, it’s not done yet. 🙁

I finally found a store that has a Bind-it-All, but it’s about 45 minutes away. Once I get that book done, I’ll post images of it. It’s on my blog to-do list.


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By bill urquhart - 14 July 2013 Reply

i have had a dremel set for 2 years now and was looking online to see if u could use it on glass found your page and read it i got 3 dremels, 2 full size and small one. will try working on glass here shortly, but need to find a few patterns to work with. your blog was worthwhile reading very informative. oh i have only used it on wood so far canes, walking sticks, decorative picture frames.

By Elissa - 22 July 2013 Reply

Bill –

Glad you found what you were looking for – happy to help. 🙂


By Robert Lee - 20 March 2015 Reply

Do you have a link to get info on future classes from Jill?

By Elissa - 23 March 2015 Reply

Robert –

Jill is teaching The Amazing Dremel at the upcoming 2015 Focus on Book Arts conference. If you can’t make the conference, check out Jill’s website for information about upcoming workshops.


By Gerard - 20 August 2016 Reply

I have the Dremel 4000 kit with all the attachments, I use it as a mini workshop. The Router, the wood plane, flex shaft everything enables you to do some incredible things, from DIY around the house stuff to artistic work. I have so many attachments I had to buy a separate tool kit to house all in one kit. I would love to attend one of these workshop but I don’t think they have them in Trinidad where I live.

By Elissa - 25 August 2016 Reply

Gerard –

Yeah, I don’t think that Jill travels to Trinidad to teach. I’m so sorry. 🙁

Maybe it’s time to take a trip to the U.S.?


By Dori West - 26 May 2019 Reply

My husband
bought me 2 Dremels . The Solo 2015 & the 4000 34.

I am trying to use them to do vinyl Record Art. Any suggestions on which bit to use that won’t chew the edges up or melt the vinyl?

I have used the little sanding wheel to smooth out the edges but have trouble getting into the tight edges.

I am totally new to using a Dremel.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

By Elissa - 5 June 2019 Reply

Dori –

I’ve never used a Dremel on a vinyl record before, so the best I can do is refer you to others who have done it:

I hope the links are helpful to you. Let me know how it works out!


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