I have never used nor seen a graver, but know that I need to learn
how to properly use them. Are there specific ones that I should
start with and how do I learn how to use them properly?
Ginger, a graver has to fit your hand. I am sure there are tutorials
in the lovely Orchid Archives, you'll need access to a grinder (with
safety goggles) but the procedure is quite easy - a little scary the
Best advice, go for a really thin one first time. I had a 4mm thick
round graver and couldn't understand why i kept skidding, until
someone handed me a 0.4mm round graver and it was much much easier!
For lettering you need a square graver and you cut with the sharp
point. Most engravers put a heel (look it up). For texture there are
many shapes, I use 0.4, to 1.0mm round, same for flat gravers. If at
all possible go for a few lessons with someone who knows, as
engraving is complicated to start with.