Day 56 – Need A Printer

Finished shading the previous design. It was okay I guess. Been trying different lengths of spring inside my hand piece; I can get faster, but less powerful, impacts with a longer spring. That works really well for fine shading. I’m trying to solve the issue of transferring image on my metal. Been doing a lot […]

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Day 55 – Modified the Vise

I was working on this design today. At the moment, I have finished shading about 40% of it. Half way engraving though, I decided to epoxy glue the bottom of my plastic ball vise holder onto a 1.25 kg weight plate for additional weight. That is because I believe the additional weight will be useful […]

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Day 54 – Bigger Turn Table!

So I worked on this today. Took me quite a bit of time doing the shading. Made a huge mistake at the overall circular shape of the design (obvious mistake is at the top) when the pencil mark of where I was supposed to engrave was already rubbed off as I was cutting the basic […]

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Day 53 – Improvement

Finished shading yesterday’s practice. I find that I have no idea how to logically shade big, open spaces. Hmmm… Need to do more research about that. I also learned just because I should leave a bigger space between each line so that the shading will show up better without magnification. It’s easy to go too […]

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Day 52 – Just Another Day

Guess I’m not going back to work next month since my industry lies in the second of the three phases Singapore government has set up to safely reopen back to “normal”. Thing is we don’t know when is Phase 2 exactly since decisions will be made by monitoring the situation, which potentially means at least […]

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Day 51 – Comfortable Engraving

Another day of engraving, except it’s all done under the microscope. I’m not sure which is more convenient/ efficient for me, engraving with my glasses on without the eye piece rubber guards or engrave without my glasses using the rubber guards. I feel it’s a bit more comfortable to do it without my glasses, but […]

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Day 50 – Major Upgrades!

Finished shading the previous design. Not too bad. I felt that I’ve done a decent enough job, so I’m giving myself a pat on my shoulder. Well done me! For the next design, I wanted something that is more free flowing and asymmetrical, so I chose this one from the book. Don’t really know how […]

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Day 49 – Even More Engraving

I’ve shaded the practice design I was working with yesterday. Went a bit experimental with the lotus flower at the bottom and more conservative with the wings of leaves at the top. It was alright I guess. Next design was a wave inspired crest. A lot of parallel lines involved; very good practice. I took […]

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Day 48 – More Engraving

I shaded yesterday’s ring of leaves. It was alright I guess. Still couldn’t figure out how to take a nice picture of my engraving. Probably need a ring of light or something to properly illuminate the work. Next, I worked on another leafy design which is basically a motif repeating itself 3 times in a […]

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Day 47 – Engraving Straight from Book!

I’ve finished stippling the background on the scroll I was working on yesterday. After that, I’ve decided to not waste time designing, but spend more time engraving to hone the skill. For that, I dug out an old book about Japanese family crests and started using the designs within to practice my engraving. Found a […]

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