What tool are you using Flat Graver or Square?
Are you using an engravers block?
Are you push engraving or using an GraverMax?
How you sharpen your tools can also have a lot to Do with your
You should try going very light at first don’t try doing Deep cuts,
make your cuts short making half moon cuts. If you have some copper
laying around its great for Practicing, starting on bangles I don’t
think is a great Idea use flat stock till you get the feel for your
You may want to take some classes GRS has them a couple times a
year, I’ve never taken them but it’s my understanding they are great
You can call them at 1-800-835-3519 or go to www.grstools.com You can
get video tapes ET…
I also have a page on my site go to art of hand engraving page What I
show is step by step how Hand Engraving is done, it may Help you a
little the item I’m engraving is a Tiffany heart with An interlocking
shaded monogram, the site is www.handengrave.com .
If you really would like someone to take with give me a call At
973-635-6500 I’ll be more then happy to help you out, I’ve Been Hand
Engraving 18 years for the trade
Hope I was a little help