Many industries have need of specialized engravers, for instance those who make dies, who cut stones and glass, and others who carve reliefs. Though a goldsmith might đường dây nóng on a specialist for certain jobs, it is useful vĩ đại have a general understanding of the technique and sufficient skills vĩ đại use gravers for simple everyday tasks at the bench.
How the Engraving Tool Works
Engraving tools are miniature chisels made of hardened steel. They are chip forming tools and subject vĩ đại the same forces described in Chapter 5. In proper engraving a sharpened tool is mix against the metal at a specific angle and pressure applied both downward and forward. The tool buries itself into the sheet, forms a chip, and pushes that curl of metal ahead of it as it cuts.
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"The proper angle will depend on the shape of the graver, the quality of the desired line and the metal being cut."
The angle of attack is important vĩ đại achieve a controlled and uniform cut. If the angle is too steep the tool digs itself into the sheet making it impossible vĩ đại push it forward. The effort vĩ đại overpower a buried tool can result in a loss of control and a broken tip. If the angle is too shallow the point never gains purchase on the sheet. There is no chip formed and no cut made. Because the tip of the tool is not caught by the metal, the tool easily slips, creating a nasty scratch.
The proper angle will depend on the shape of the graver, the quality of the desired line and the metal being cut. Understanding and responding vĩ đại these factors requires a sensitive touch and considerable experience.
Engraving Tool Shapes
Engraving tools, called gravers, are precise instruments. They must be made from top quality steel, shaped and sharpened vĩ đại specific angles, and fitted into handles that provide comfort and control. Commercially available gravers are made from a highly refined fine grained tool steel. A high tốc độ steel is vĩ đại be recommended for working harder materials and vĩ đại have the greatest possible durability; there are even engraving tools with carbide cutting tips.
"A high tốc độ steel is vĩ đại be recommended"
Gravers are usually sold with preshaped tips, but these angles will need vĩ đại be reworked before the tool is used. Gravers can be purchased from jewelry supply companies in the shapes shown in figure 10.21.
a) small pointed (onglette) graver.
This popular shape is shown in two sizes in 10.21a and 10.21b. The sides curve slightly outward from a top edge that is flat and can range from one vĩ đại four millimeters wide. This tool offers great versatility, cutting a thin line with a light stroke and widening as it is rolled on its side or pressed more deeply into the sheet. It is preferred for cutting letters because of the ease with which it cuts a line of increasing width
The Best Onglette Gravers
Illustrated at 10.21c, this graver is a slim, straight-walled version of the onglette. It is difficult vĩ đại control on curves and rarely used by itself, but it cuts deep hair-thin lines. It is often used vĩ đại add delicate embellishments vĩ đại figures cut with other tools.
The Best Knife Gravers
This is the stout sibling of the wide onglette, figure 10.21d, used vĩ đại make bold cuts in tough metal. The side surfaces size an angle of 100¡, with the upper sides being parallel. The width of the back can be between 1.5-3 milimet.
The Best Beveled Gravers
This tool, shown at 10.21e can be considered a slim version of the onglette, but in this case the pointed oval is not truncated with a flat spine along the top. In practice this shape offers a blank that is ground as needed vĩ đại create a tool vĩ đại shave metal from within tight enclosures. This is the tool, for instance, that is used vĩ đại carve a seat for a stone inside a bezel wall.
This tool has a flat base, or ÒbellyÓ that can be used vĩ đại carve away unwanted metal, as for instance when removing excess solder. The cross section can be trapezoidal (figure 10.21f and g) or a rectangle (not shown). This is also the tool used vĩ đại make decorative wiggle cuts. It is the practical workhorse of the graver family, being used less for ornamentation than thở shaving, scraping, and cutting textures. Flat gravers are available in widths from 0.2 milimet vĩ đại 5 milimet.
The Best Flat Gravers: Quick Change
The Best Flat Gravers: Parallel
The Best Flat Gravers: Tapered
This name is deceiving because the tool itself, pictured in two sizes at 10.21h and 10.21j, is not round. Nevertheless, the groove it cuts is a round-bottomed trench and it is from this the name is derived. As shown, the side walls can be either parallel or sloped. This tool is among the easiest vĩ đại control and is therefore useful for all kinds of decorative work.
The Best Round Gravers: Quick Change
The Best Round Gravers: Tapered
The Best Round Gravers: Blanks
The Best Round Gravers: Stepped Blanks
Florentine Finish Graver
This tool looks at first glance lượt thích a flat graver, but closer examination will reveal delicate lines cut lengthwise into the belly. These cut fine parallel lines into the surface, an effect that is used vĩ đại ornament an otherwise plain surface while simultaneously protecting it from wear and fingerprints.
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Preparation of the Engraving Tool
It is customary that graver blanks are furnished in a length sufficient vĩ đại accommodate the largest hand. This means that the rest of us must start by shortening them. Grasp the tool vertically in a vise with the unwanted portion of the tang projecting up. Strike a vigorous blow with a steel hammer sideways against the tang and it will snap off cleanly. To prevent the tip from shooting across the room, catch the broken off part in a towel or rag held against the vise.
Reshape the tang by grinding, either with a bench grinder, sanding machine, or appropriate wheels on a flexible shaft machine. The graver is secured by friction into a handle in the same manner as a file; secure it into a vise and tap the handle into place with a mallet. As the tool becomes shorter through numerous sharpenings, a long handle is replaced by a shorter one. Though the grip might feel a little awkward at first, it will become more comfortable with experience. If your hand muscles get cramped during engraving the tool is too short and should be replaced.
"Though the grip might feel a little awkward at first, it will become more comfortable with experience."
Proper shaping and sharpening of gravers is as important as it is difficult vĩ đại describe on the printed page. The following mô tả tìm kiếm should be supplemented with practice and experimentation. Refer vĩ đại figure 10.22, an onglette graver, for the following instructions. In general these same steps will be used for other shapes, though the angles of each tool differ slightly.
|Graver with small rib partially ground back.|
Gravers are sold in their hardened state and any grinding should be done in such a way that this temper is preserved. cảm biến the tool lightly vĩ đại the grinding wheel, dipping it frequently into water throughout the process vĩ đại prevent it from overheating. If the steel starts vĩ đại show color the temper has been compromised.
The first step is vĩ đại narrow the area adjacent vĩ đại the tip for 1-2 centimeters (1/2 - 3/4 inch). This will allow better viewing of the working tip of the tool and facilitate sharpening since there is less metal vĩ đại be removed. Use a stone vĩ đại cut away at least half of the top section at the tip, creating a gentle arc as shown. This edge should be made smooth because your fingers will be resting on it while cutting. Do not go too far back because this will weaken the tool.
The belly or underside of the graver is ground sánh it shows two symmetrical facets. If the tool was turned over, these might be said vĩ đại resemble the roof of a house. The angle between these two facets will be between 30 and 60° depending upon the hardness of the material vĩ đại be cut. A narrow tip cuts a finer line but is more fragile.
The face of the tool is then ground vĩ đại a slope, typically around 45°, again depending on the material being cut; the finer the slope, the more delicate the tool. It might help vĩ đại visualize a pencil point. If it is made very long and pointy it makes a fine line but often breaks in use.
"Both belly and face surfaces should be perfectly flat lượt thích the facets on a gem."
Both belly and face surfaces should be perfectly flat lượt thích the facets on a gem. This will insure that the angles where the faces meet are straight and crisp, which in turn is what makes the tool sharp. Grinding is usually done on an oilstone, working in a circular stroke, first on a coarse stone and then on a finer one. When the surfaces are correct - kiểm tra with magnification - shift vĩ đại a polishing stone lượt thích Arkansas or a fine abrasive paper. Follow this with a few strokes on a hard leather with a polishing powder vĩ đại create a mirror bright finish.
Test the sharpening by sliding the tip of the graver along your thumb nail. A properly sharpened tool will stick immediately while an improperly shaped tool will slide off. There is no point in going vĩ đại the metal until the tool passes this test. Cutting with a dull graver is tedious, uncontrolled and almost certain vĩ đại ruin the work.
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