Improving in Hand Engraving

I have been trying to self teach myself in hand engraving for about
4 to 6 months now. next year I am planning on taking a one week
engraving class, but in the mean time I am trying to learn as much as
I can. I am having two major problems right now.

#1 when I do scrolls they seem to get choppy “sometimes” and
sometimes I do them right. I don’t really know what I am doing right
or wrong.

2 I am having trouble keeping my lines thin. they seem to flair

out all lot.

has anyone ordered any videos from FEGA on jewelry engraving?


I am a member of the Firearms Engravers Guild, and to my knowledge
there are no videos devoted exclusively to the engraving of
jewelry… however, the basics of engraving - be it lettering,
ornamental, textural, or for printing purposes - are very similar.

FEGA videos are made of seminars given at the annual meeting. Most
are above the very beginner level, but I will go through the school
collection this afternoon and see which ones might do you some good.
There are other videos besides FEGA’s. Somewhere in this computer is
a list of every book and video ever made that has to do with hand
engraving, but I can’t find it at the moment. If there is enough
interest I’ll post it to Orchid, otherwise I’ll send it directly to

Your problems are perfectly normal… hand control comes with
practice, LONG practice! Your scrolls will smooth out, and you will
learn to control your depth - but only if you are willing to put in
the time.

Bench jewelers with 20 or 30 years experience tell me that hand
engraving is the most difficult skill they have EVER tried to
acquire - even with modern day power assisted tools and techniques.
Patience is the most important requirement for hand engraving…

Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
Stockton, CA USA

All FEGA tapes are good some are for the more experienced engraver
but even those have a lot of good tips

Don in Idaho to night we are to get L L LOTS of snow.

Hello Everyone,

I have been away for the past couple of weeks so I’ve gotten a
little behind on the posts.

Recently there have been some inquiries about hand engraving skills.
A set of excellent videos produced by a master engraver with over 50
years experience are available on dvds.

Covering the basics as well as advanced topics, including several
videos on jewelry engraving, the videos use a lot of “over the
shoulder” camera techniques allowing viewers to see exactly how the
skill details discussed are carried out.

Complete and sample video clips can be found at:

After using these videos to improve my own engraving abilities, I
purchased the rights, transferred the video content to dvd and have
made them available for purchase. Speaking from firsthand experience,
the videos provide an excellent learning experience for those
wishing to learn the skill and art of hand engraving.

They make a great present for your favorite aspiring engraver too!

All the best,

Joe Bloyd
JNB Studio