Taking It Personally
Engraving and Stamping are two very different styles that achieve the same goal. They make a statement on your jewellery or artistic piece. They also make it as personal as you want it.
Engraving is a way of hand writing personal messages. You can also make pictures and images. Putting a name on an item is easy with this method. There are a number of ways to engrave something.
There are special pens you can use, these are probably the easiest to use for a beginner. There is more control with this method. Did you know you can use stencils with these pens? They can be very beautiful. These are mainly used for metal.
Have you eve thought of using them with an old spirograph set?
For those with a steadier hand, an electronic engraver could be a good way to go. It’s good for drawing free hand and writing names and sayings. You could also use a Drumel with a flex shaft and engraving bits.
Stamping on metal is another great way to personalize your jewellery. The letters are precise and easy to read. The problem is you need a steady hand. You also need to know how much pressure is needed to make the mark. You can get all kinds of letters, fonts, and shapes. When done properly it looks beautiful.
Either way you choose to personalize, you need to make the sign and/or letters stand out. This is where patinas come in. There are many different brands on the market for different metals. The most common is Liver of Sulfur. A less odorous way of colouring, is to use the stamp enamel marker from Impress Art. You could also use a black Sharpie as an inexpensive alternative.
The last way to personalize projects is Resin using nail art or scrapbook items.
Hope you enjoy, if your try any of these ideas.
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