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A Few Engraving Tools Suggested For Custom Engraving Projects
I’ve included pictures of two tools I currently use
for engraving in metal.
1) The Dremel: It's
specifically designed for engraving.
2) The Rotary Engraving Tool: For anything with detail ( jewlery, engraving, tile, stone, wood, ..)
A Step By Step Guide In Custom Engraving
This is my first engraving project. A piece to become familiar with my entry level Sears engraving tool and a chance to become familiar with the simple mechanics of engraving on metal. I have a picture here of the $20.00 vintage style alarm clock from Target that has actually served to be a great initial practice piece! Obviously I like to sketch and draw pictures and stuff so I was hoping as I started that those “hand eye” coordination techniques would translate well into engraving. They did- This is all free hand with no plan going into it other than finding out how this works. I’m really pleased with it as a first attempt and even started to take some artistic liberties with what might normally be considered predictable patterns.
Read On For My DIY Custom Engraving Process: Here Are A Few Topics I Will Discuss
What it’s like:
It’s super buzzy and kind of noisy, but once I was accustomed to it I was able to focus more on what I was drawing. The amount of detail that can be achieved is very surprising! I found my attention to detail increasing measurably from the very beginning to end of where I’m at so far. Another thing is, like anything else, stopping after a while and restarting fresh keeps things enjoyable.
Read on to See The Tools I used.
-A Little About The Tools
I imagine people find similar gratification in gardening or crocheting or any other hobby. I try to keep sight of the overall objective which is to have a little fun. Having a natural appreciation for tools and metal this works well for someone like me. I've found the noise that the engraver makes becomes overwhelming after a while. Another thing is this old engraver tends to get hot after some time and that can be uncomfortable.
My Overall Opinion So Far
It's pretty fun if maybe you have an idea already of how to compose basic patterns or designs. It could be overwhelming I imagine if one were to try to take on everything all at once. I like sketching pictures and find the same drawing techniques really do translate into engraving well. Having just the rudimentary knowledge of how metals respond from having fabricated some stuff in the past certainly doesn't hurt. I will Be creating a pinterest page in the future of my inspired Engraving posts.
The Best Stuff To Engrave
Lol! I guess whatever you want to put designs on like glass, metal, wood ect... For me I like "Gear Head" stuff like Bicycles and motorcycles so that's ultimately what I'm gonna engrave on. Being a bicycle commuter/enthusiast this is a cool and obvious connection!
Please Look Out For
My next engraving Blog will have more images and a further look into how working from patterns can assist the process. Also I really look forward to my next project which will be a bicycle piece to tie two of my passions together! Thanks for reading!
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