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Engraving

Engraving metal opens a world of design possibilities for jewelry makers. Our engraving articles cover the techniques and tools you’ll need.

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Damascus and Pattern Welding

True damascus steel is made by a casting process utilizing very high carbon steel. The material is held at or near the temperature of fusion for an extended period of time. This causes the formation of large, high carbon dendrites in a matrix…

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The Work of Gary Noffke

Preparation for writing this piece began, I guess, when I was six or seven years old. At that age, my whole world was confined to a small yet comfortable apartment in Brooklyn decorated in the material evidence of my parents’ modest means.…

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The Seven Korean Metalsmiths

Five thousand years of Korean goldsmithing was interrupted from 1913 to 1953 due to the Japanese invasion and the Korean War. In looking back, goldsmithing or metalsmithing programs in Korea’s colleges and universities formerly…

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The Enamelware of Alan Mudd

The English enameller, Alan Mudd, born in Lancashire, began his studies in the fine arts, and served an indentured apprenticeship as an engraver in the textile industry. This gave a wide-ranging background in design and comprehensive skills…

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Homemade Engravers Ball

There are several methods of obtaining the smooth rotation of a piece of metal necessary for engraving on it. Many North West Coast American Indians use a hard leather pad and hand control to do it. One can install various chucking devices onto…

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Engraving Methods and Techniques

As important as the gravers are, it is hard to understate the importance of the devices used to secure work while engraving. Or to say it another way, even a properly sharpened graver in experienced hands will be difficult to use if the workpiece…

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The Costs of Learning Hand Engraving

When you’ve made the decision to learn hand engraving, you have basically 3 options: Spend little or no money but lots and lots of time. You can get by spending very little on one book (Meeks) and the most basic hand tools. Hammer ‘ chisel or hand…

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Making a 950 Palladium Signet Ring

The natural beauty of this white, bright and light palladium ring is enhanced with hand engraving of initials done in relief. 950 palladium manufacturing methods and techniques covered in this project are:
a) Injection wax preparation…

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Full eBook: Modern Letter Engraving

Full eBook.186 Pages: Modern Letter Engraving in Theory and Practice – A Manual for the Use of Watchmakers, Jewelers and Other Metal Engravers – Illustrated with Numerous Etchings – 1898

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Design Applications for Laser Engraving

Laser engravers can do wonders for a jewelry manufacturer’s hallmarking process, making it more efficient and leaving a crisp, clear mark of even the most detailed logobut the benefits of this technology don’t stop there.
As the cost…

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Beginner Coin Carving Episode 4

A simple method to start hand engraving/carving. Simple tools,and easier method to learn to hand engrave. Carve coins,and you can sell what you make from the very first day.

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Invictus

“Invictus” is a short Victorian poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley…

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Various graver handles!

This video shows all of my 50 handles of all shapes & sizes. The markings on all of them are used for quick identification in my setting bench. I will be explaining how each tool once used, can be inserted in another handle of different lengths.…

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Utsushi – in search of Katsuhira’s tiger. Part 2

A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place…

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Utsushi – in search of Katsuhira’s tiger. Part 1

A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place…

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Hand Engraved Love Token Silver Coin by Shaun Hughes

Love tokens have been made for 100 of years. I wanted to learn hand engraving,and this is a good way to practice,and create something that can be sold,at the same times. If your interested,search for hobo nickels,which is similar,but involves…

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Wood Bracelets

A Beads Baubles and Jewels project. It’s time to generate unique ideas for working with wood. With the help of a flex shaft and some creativity, you’ll be creating stand-out bangles in no time. For more projects and jewelry-making…

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Making a Silver Punk Rock nameplate

I could find a Punk Rock font,so I designed my own using Sex Pistol gig posters. Here’s the result. I use a computer engraver to mark the letters. I have filmed most of the process,which i will upload and improve on.

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Gold-Inlay Engraving with AirGraver- Part 1.5

Hi Everyone! I invite you to watch this video. There are 7 parts to the whole project. Approx. 11 hours worth of footage!!! There is a problem with the default viewing of the videos. To unsqish it, click the fit to window button on the player. Hand…

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Engraving Scroll On A Steel Plate Using AirGraver

Free-hand engraving scroll on a steel plate using a Lindsay PalmControl AirGraver. The AirGraver is an engraving tool that runs from direct, steady air-flow and utilizes either an air compressor or CO2 cartridges for portability. The device…

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Gold-Inlay Engraving with AirGraver- Part 1.4

Hand engraving a high art knife with the Lindsay AirGraver: Part 1, initial outline cutting. The AirGraver is an engraving tool that runs from direct, steady air-flow and utilizes either an air compressor or CO2 cartridges for portability.…

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Gold-Inlay Engraving with AirGraver- Part 1.3

Hand engraving a high art knife with the Lindsay AirGraver: Part 1, initial outline cutting. The AirGraver is an engraving tool that runs from direct, steady air-flow and utilizes either an air compressor or CO2 cartridges for portability.…

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Gold-Inlay Engraving with AirGraver- Part 1.2

Hand engraving a high art knife with the Lindsay AirGraver: Part 1, initial outline cutting. The AirGraver is an engraving tool that runs from direct, steady air-flow and utilizes either an air compressor or CO2 cartridges for portability.…

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Gold-Inlay Engraving with AirGraver- Part 1.1

Hand engraving a high art knife with the Lindsay AirGraver: Part 1, initial outline cutting. The AirGraver is an engraving tool that runs from direct, steady air-flow and utilizes either an air compressor or CO2 cartridges for portability.…

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Hand Engraving Flute

Hand engraving a gold flute with the Lindsay AirGraver. The AirGraver is an engraving tool that runs from direct, steady air-flow and utilizes either an air compressor or CO2 cartridges for portability. The device can be set up to operate from…