FEGA's The Engraver magazine is always high quality publication.
A heads up. Issue 130 is really outstanding.
For those of us who are lucky enough to receive it, a feast for the eyes and brain.
Wonderful engraving, photography, articles and composition.
Congratulations to all the contributors...
There are many ways to do this.
Looks like you are already getting good results by your enclosed pictures.
So I suggest that you stay with that technique.
One thing that you may find helpful.
To form a ball for inlay hold your wire in a vertical position.
Apply the flame of a propane torch to...
Michael, thank you for the info on the tech learning curve for high grade laser engraving.
I have long admired your tech knowledge, as well as you artistic ability.
Being tech challenged myself, if you say it's tough, it's tough.
Best of luck with the learning.
JB, well done, it is popular and no need to avoid inking the background.
Your pendant and design show much better with the contrast IMO.
Thank you for giving it a try.
Please also see my personal message.
Well done and nice design.
You might want to try rubbing a little ink into the design to bring out the details.
Speedball oil-based Block Printers Ink works well for this. Black #3550.
Just spread a little on and wipe off the excess.
If you don't like the results you can easily remove it with a...
A wonderful book to study is "Metal Techniques For Craftsmen" by Oppi Untracht.
Published by Doubleday, ISBN 0-385-03027-4. Many many fabrication and decorative metal techniques.
It may be out of print at this time but an internet search may find a good used copy.
It is a large hard cover book...