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    Default Engraving advice for beginner

    Hi,
    Although I've been making jewellery for a while, engraving is new to me.
    If I wanted to make a copy of this memento mori ring (see attached photo) what would be a suitable technique and tools to engrave the metal before the enamelling.
    I know this may be pretty ambitious for a beginner, but any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Thanks
    Steve

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    I would start with a good book or course Steve lindsay and Sam Alfano does some good dvds if dvds are still even a thing lol cookson sell them I think.I would start with a square graver you will need to watch how to sharpen it this is the critical bit. You will need access to a bench grinder then a couple of grades diamond sharpening stones. Also a handle these are usually wood and burnt on. There are different lengths so you can find one that fits your hand. Also a way of holding the work, ideally you can turn. Ball vices are great but expensive.
    then its lots of practice

    https://www.cooksongold.com/Jeweller...dvd&channel=uk
    Last edited by josef1; 21-09-2021 at 01:03 AM.

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    Many thanks. Sounds like I need to learn a lot.

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    Books - the Jewelry (sic) Engravers Handbook & Meeks are my preferred ones.

    The Hand Engravers Association is about to run one if its intro courses online - https://www.handengravers.org.uk/courses/ (not sure the page is up-to-date ATM)
    Jason Marchiafave has a set of DVDs that are excellent on hand engraving for jewellery; minimal tooling (2 gravers/scorpers). Expensive, but very, very good. It's also available on Vimeo, so no need to wait for DVDs to be shipped. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ornamentalengraving
    Sam's DVDs are also available streaming https://www.masterengraver.tv/

    I started with a sand pad, oilstone & a 2.5mm square...
    Last edited by ps_bond; 21-09-2021 at 10:10 AM.

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    Thank you for your help. Much appreciated.

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