How to Engrave Tile With a Dremel

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Things You'll Need

  • Slate tile

  • Soft pencil

  • Safety glasses

  • Dremel drill with cord

  • Silicon carbon bit #83142

Tile can be engraved with a Dremel drill.

An engraved tile will deliver a long-lasting testament to a significant occasion or provide a memorial to a special person. A small rotary hand-held drill that the Dremel company makes will engrave the tile with the desired lettering or an uncomplicated pattern with ease, after some practice on some preliminary tiles. The plug-in version of the Dremel drill has a stronger motor than the Dremel's cordless drill model and is better suited for tile engraving.

Step 1

Draw lettering or an image on the tile with the soft pencil.

Step 2

Put on the safety glasses. Insert the silicon carbon bit in the Dremel drill by loosening the chuck. Tighten the chuck firmly.

Step 3

Turn on the drill and hold the drill like you would hold a pencil. Engrave over the pencil lines.

Step 4

Pass over the pencil lines with the drill several times to achieve the engraving depth desired.


Linda Shepard

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.