Day 71 – DIY Gravers Holder

Didn’t do any engraving today either because I was still editing some pictures. However, at one point in time I decided to make a holder, for my gravers, which has a cover so I won’t accidentally stab myself with any exposed gravers. Nothing too fancy, I reused an old cylindrical plastic container which used to […]

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Day 70 – No Engraving. Just Editing

Didn’t do any engraving today; had to edit some photos for the company. To be frank, the amount of editing done to the original picture is so much that at this point, I was basically creating a photo collage than photo editing. The worst thing is I’m still not done yet. News has it that […]

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Day 69 – Shading and DIY Coin Clamp

The shading is 50% done. While taking a break from shading, I made these “vise accessory” to hold coins of various size on the vise. Now while I’m taking a break from making those “vise accessory”, I made this post.

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Day 68 -A Lot of Shading!

Finished with the outline of the practice design I’ve been working on since yesterday. Next, I started doing the shading. At the moment of this post, I’ve completed shading 1/4 of the entire thing. PHEW. Been doing a lot of online shopping during this quarantine period at home; today was on exception. I have ordered […]

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Day 67 – Asymmetrical Floral Design

So I’ve been practicing on this design I found online. Made some adjustments to better fit my requirement. Quite an intricate and complex design; excellent practice material. At the moment (0737 PM), I’m about 2/3 done. I’ve grind away the excess metal at the tip of my square graver. That makes it easier to see […]

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Day 66 – Butterfly Coin

Spent a ridiculous amount of time shading in the black area on the wings of the butterfly. Once I’m done, I applied some black paint to further darken the outlines. Didn’t really do much else; making hundreds of micro cuts side by side took up all my time.

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Day 65 – Blacken Engravings

My small can of black paint arrived today. Immediately, I tried to blacken my previous engraving and just as advertised, the engraving now shows up a lot clearer. Only issue now is I need to find a way to blacken my engraving without leaving myself with painted fingers. It’s not easy to remove the paint […]

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Day 64 – Testing Coin Signature

Engraving is ridiculously difficult to photograph. Anyway, I’m still waiting for my black paint to arrive so I can blacken my engraving to make it shows better. I have finished shading the design I’ve been working on since yesterday. I feel like my cuts are getting lighter and more delicate. Not sure if this is […]

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Day 63 – New Gravers!

My order of 2 mm by 200 mm High Speed Steel rods arrived this afternoon. Nice. Each piece can get me 4 gravers since my ideal length of graver is 50 mm. I will probably cut them down to size tomorrow. For their geometry, I will need to think long and hard for the ones […]

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Day 62 – Black Paint

Finished my first “major” piece. The design is something I’ve drawn on my phone, then printed out on the printer and transferred onto the metal with the homemade “transfer solution”. Did a lot of fine shading under the microscope. With the naked eye, some of the shadings are a little too fine to be seen […]

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