Discovered u/calebkraft's pile of practice coins on Reddit (ref: https://www.reddit.com/r/engraving/comments/eq7p76 ) and thought, yeah I've got a bunch of pennies and that gives me some space constraints to work around and fiddle with. So I've been poking at them.
After making a couple of gravers out of broken m2 drills and reamers I decided it would be nice if I had uniform material to work with and dug up a box of old fluted concrete nails to use as stock(1050-1075 steel usually, so good enough I think, can harden at home too). I happen to have a cheap pin vise that fits these nails very well and has been a reasonable handle for push engraving for the time being.
I made a pitch pot and it came out well, weighs a good bit and the chasing pitch I made stands up very well. Leaves a touch of residue on the back side, but that's easy to clean up with turpentine.
So that's where I am now, but I've come across a wrinkle I'm trying to think through. What would be the best way to represent and lay out my design prior to going in with the gravers? Conversely, whats a good practice for representing and scaling up the space to create a design?
I'd also appreciate any design suggestions that would be a reasonable skill builder.
Youtube links and suggestions welcome.
Stay safe folks.