Monday, March 7, 2011

Southwestern Hand Engraving

This is Mark's first attempt at Hand Engraving for one of our accounts. The bracelet started out plain flat sterling with 14k accents. He doesn't have the tools needed or the training to do engraving and accomplished this with his stone setting tools. It came out really pretty. I wish I knew what was going to be inlaid into the diamond shapes- I imagine turquoise. We are going to put together a small jewelry line based on the pattern he created here. Will keep you posted on it's creation!

Back side of bracelet.

How it sits on the wrist.
Hand Engraving is a skill he's always been interested in and would really round out all his other jewelry knowledge of lapidary, casting, metal smithing, and stone-setting. I have never seen him so excited and inspired. We hope to send him to the GRS Training center this year but if not right at the beginning of next year. There are always DVD's, books and templates - and plenty of basic tools to get before the class. Here's a link to GRS and the class he'll be taking. He's set on learning from Sam Alfano a Master Engraver.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb