Question: removing background from silver vs steel?

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I am going to start engraving morgan dollar coins and silver bullion, but before I get to that I have only engraved with steel practice plates and want to know if you do anything different with background removal of the two as I know silver is a lot softer than steel, but I am only asking in case people do some specific background removal different depending on the metal.
I appreciate any info or tips on how you remove background on different metals.
 

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Steel is crisp and nice for relief engraving. Silver can be gummy and it's much easier to get heel drag in the process. Here's a sterling silver loupe I engraved in relief, and getting the background out cleanly without tearing up the design was tricky. I got it done for the most part, but it's not as clean as if I'd done it in steel.
 

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Sam,
Is the loupe in the photo something that was fabricated out of silver sheet, or is this a "stock" item from the manufacture? I have been looking for better quality loupe cases for engraving without much luck.

Very nice design and execution, very well done.

Dave
 

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