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« on: March 02, 2010 04:49:07 PM »

Hi. I am wondering if there is any relatively easy and relatively inexpensive way (say, under $60 or so for the equipment) way to get started doing one's own engraving? I would love to be able to engrave my own (metal, wood etc) projects, e.g., jewelry and photo frames, and I would particularly love to do a few pieces with the phrase amor non vincit for myself and some of my non-romantic friends right now; I've also had similar ideas in the past, with different phrases or images in mind for other occasions. However, going to a pro for a few different pieces gets expensive and subjects you to funny looks if you're doing something eccentric as an in joke (....which I am). I am therefore wondering if it would be feasible to get some tools of my own and learn to engrave a bit myself. Does anyone have any idea if that might be manageable? I've no experience working with power tools, sadly, but I could afford a few little Dollar Store type picture frames to practice on if that would be helpful and not completely laughable/useless.

Any help would be appreciated as I'd rather learn a new craft of my own than have to cave and go to a professional. Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2010 07:26:35 AM »

I suggest looking at supply sites like contenti, Otto Frei and Lonnie's to see what you can find.  Honestly, I have no clue how to engrave on anything but silver.  So not knowing the the metal of the frames I have no useful advise to offer.  Best of luck.

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2010 12:56:14 AM »

Be prepared to invest time. And I mean a whole lot of time, not just a few hours on Saturday or something. To get to a semi-professional level can take years of practice. I'm by no means trying to discourage you, it'll just take you alot of practice. I'd encourage you to find yourself a book on the subject if you can.

as for starting out you don't really need much more than a graver (With a handle!) some scrap copper sheet, and something flat and heavy you can attach it to. And for gods sakes BE CAREFUL WITH THOSE THINGS. gravers are ludicrously sharp. Never get any part of yourself in front of it while you're cutting. I once watched a classmate slip and put on clean through his wrist.


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