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I am quite a novice so I have to set myself projects to develop my hand engraving. Here is one of the early ones.
Here I am showing the stages of how to build up an image, rather than how to hand engrave.

Posted by Rebecca Skeels. from Farnham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Rebecca Skeels.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 1
    Step 1

    Tape a sheet of copper to some wood to make it easier to hold. So I challenge myself to develop my engraving and draw Elephants (incase you couldn't tell what they are from the picture) on the copper. It is easier to draw with pencil if plastercine has been rolled across the surface.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 2
    Step 2

    Scribe over the pencil lines so it scratches them into the surface of the copper, the pencil lines will get rubbed away, but the scrathes won't.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 3
    Step 3

    Engrave all of the lines cutting into the surface of the metal.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 4
    Step 4

    Roll plastercine on the surface and draw where some of the shading should be to get started.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 5
    Step 5

    At each stage roll more plastercine in, draw on some lines and the scribe the lines then cut the lines.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 6
    Step 6

    DEciding what to do next is hard, this shows the advantages of the pencil too, you can test and rub it out before adding the scribed lines.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 7
    Step 7

    I work on the shading one at a time.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 8
    Step 8

    Until I think it is done.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 9
    Step 9

    Work can begin on the next one.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 10
    Step 10

    Handengraving can take time, especially as a beginner.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 11
    Step 11

    If you don't get past stage three this may not be for you.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 12
    Step 12

    A handengraver develops over years before they become a master, I need another 5.9 years to be okay.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 13
    Step 13

    I think this one is nearly done.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now to work on the background.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 15
    Step 15

    It is hard to tell where to stop to make sure it doesn't become the focus.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 16
    Step 16

    It is also hard to take a picture of handengraved images, this is taken outside at an angle to pick the lines up rather than the reflections.

  • How to make jewelry. Engraving Practice - Step 17
    Step 17

    So that will go into the practice box and on with the next practice.

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