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Engraving - diamond


#1

Hi All and Gerry the cyber setter Recently I’ve been making some
charm names which usually has to be decorated with a lot of
engraving, I’ve been using some wriggle cut as a background in some
areas and the diamond flywheel to make some diamond shaped cuts all
over it as a final finish. The problem is that sometimes is not easy
to focus the cuts of the flywheel exact and selectively where you
want it. My question is, Is there any possibility to make this cuts
in a more controllable way than using a diamond flywheel? Perhaps
using gravers. but what kind of graver would be appropriate to make
this rhombus shaped cuts similar to the ones made with the diamond
flywheel? Marco


#2

hi Marco. just back to the p.c.after working long 12 hour days now!
“gravers?” big words, " rhombus shaped cuts! " I would either use a
#2 Onglette that has been altered to have a larger cutting surface on
the “right-side”. This way you might have a concave surface…a.k.a
"Rhombus", me thinks! If you use a flat-graver, you might have a
resulting ‘facetting’ effect…so-o-o-o try the non-facetting. simple
to use #2 Onglette. Just what happens is that the end of one cut
will blend in with the other, therefore you might see
one-continuous-line-of-cutting…:>) I have found that this will not
occur with the flat-graver, you hand MUST be rigid in using this #39,
or a #40 flat…One thing Marco, is that the “right-sided” graver
MUST be polished to a very bright sheen…using all of the polishing
papers, #2/0, #4/0, #6/0 If you wish to have a “wriggle” effect use
the slimmer #39 Flat Graver, but depending on the width of the cut,
you might wish to use the #40 Flat…But please make sure at all times
the graver is absolutely sharp, or you will find you are slipping
along the surface of the gold and not doing what you expect it to do
cut! If you and all read my recent article in “Bench” magazine you
will read my complete explanation on how to sharpen the
Onglette gravers. did I help you all? Gerry, the Cyber-setter! (eh!)