I worked at Pairpoint Glass, named Pairpoint Crystal at the
time, for four years as their glass
It was interesting to learn the heritage of cut crystal. I
learned many of the turn of the century patterns, and after a time found my own
I probably developed six or seven standard styles, and also did custom
work, such as portraits and commemorative pieces.
Gaffer Robbie Mason
One of the styles I developed while there was a cut crystal
frame around diamond scribed image.
It was the reverse of a pen and ink. Each
stroke of the diamond stylus created a white line.
This actually took a great
deal of force to scribe, and during the course of working on an image my index
would go numb from the compression. They were a great deal of work to
create, and took weeks to finish each one.
Similar to a pen and ink, one wrong
stroke and the image could be destroyed.