Dear Kind and Generous Experts,
I am a designer and not a metalsmith, but am very fortunate to have
very talented metal smiths in Bali to create my designs.
Presently we have been working on some interesting techniques where i
draw out some images (mostly nature --dragonflies, birds, etc) and
then we cut them out from flat sheets of silver-- much like cookie
cutters… The results are great.
… Except, some of the designs are to include some handwriting and
we just do not have the knowledge of the technique of creating
writing or handwriting on the silver. (using stamps is all together a
different look and we are keeping with the natural essence of the
design.). We have developed a process where the writing is printed on
paper, reduced in size and then with a sharp tool the writing is cut
into thin sheets of silver. The written sheets are then soldered onto
the piece of jewelry (a medal, cuff, or whatever). The same technique
is used for the other artwork.
My goal for example would be: to have a frog cutwork soldered to
oxidized background with writing as part of the frog work. At
present we can make the frog, we can somewhat make the writing… but
the quality of the writing does not come out as well as what I have
seen on other people’s designs (bangles with writing, rings, medals,
I have tried to find the technique of how this is accomplished and
have not succeeded. I know it is not precious clay, not photo
etching, possibly it could be with an electric hand tool, but before
I look into any tools, etc to send to Bali, it is of course best to
know the true solution.
Can you please steer me in the right direction???. I have designed a
line of children cuff bracelets but the present technique that we
are using will not give the correct end result.
If you are recommending certain tools, will you also advise the best
place to purchase? And also instructions or videos so I may send to
Bali. Thank you so much.
I really appreciate any and all help, and thanks again.
ps, I hope you all had a really wonderful Thanksgiving and in
these hard financial times, life continues to be good and full of