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    Question: brown ink or paint also gives a more realistic,...

    brown ink or paint also gives a more realistic, natural look to cuts & shading in gold.
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    "Btw, do you remember this one? This was one of...

    "Btw, do you remember this one? This was one of my first knives I made, a dealer bought it and then you engraved it."

    Yes, i remember it, but didn't know it was one of your first pieces. it was...
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    "Scot itemized his work on invoices including...

    "Scot itemized his work on invoices including planishing and polishing of copperplate (1.5 cents per square inch), the price of copper, engraving time, and printing cost."

    seems like on some jobs...
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    i didn't realize you thought I've been hard on...

    i didn't realize you thought I've been hard on you! Sorry! :o

    For the record, if i bother to offer criticism it's because i see that someone has the potential to use it to improve their work. i...
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    Mike, your 'mechanical' gold inlay work down the...

    Mike, your 'mechanical' gold inlay work down the middle is very impressive! i've done just enough of that sort of thing to know how difficult it is to get that machine-perfect look. well done!
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    Question: pretty much. a slightly modified, very precise...

    pretty much. a slightly modified, very precise version of inlaying softer metals.
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    Question: these are raised sculpted steel inlays, done...

    these are raised sculpted steel inlays, done without disturbing the surrounding surface at all. inlaid as flat stock, then sculpted in situ. where there's a will, there's a way...
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    Question: there's a blue cloud of profanity still hovering...

    there's a blue cloud of profanity still hovering over Denver from when i had to inlay a bunch of white gold 20 yrs ago. it was literally harder than some of the steel i was inlaying into.
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    Question: did you leave a male & female mold pair sitting...

    did you leave a male & female mold pair sitting close to each other? that could explain the sweating...
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    Question: don't you hate that?! you get a graver dialed in...

    don't you hate that?! you get a graver dialed in so it's cutting like a tiny magic wand and then have catastrophic point failure. :mad:

    it takes an hour to recreate that complex geometry,...
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    Question: i used onglettes much more early in my career,...

    i used onglettes much more early in my career, but moved away from them for most general use because those old Lyon & Muller gravers just didn't hold a point in steel like carbide, momax, and the...
  12. Thread: New Work Bench

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    i guess i don't even really notice the actual...

    i guess i don't even really notice the actual lights out in front of me. between the eye cups and being focused on the engraving, i'm not paying any attention to the source of the illumination. ...
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    have you ever seen my set-up? i posted this pic...

    have you ever seen my set-up? i posted this pic some years ago, maybe you missed it. the scope is a Leica S6 with a 60 angle, which is much straighter than their S6E with a 38 angle (most others...
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    Ron, would you mind telling us more about how/why...

    Ron, would you mind telling us more about how/why you use that flat panel light? is it just for drawing, etc., or do you use it while engraving? it appears to be able to swing thru a more or less...
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    call these folks and ask: https://www.grstc.com/...

    call these folks and ask: https://www.grstc.com/ good luck!
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    WANTED: "repurposing" how or for what? you might be able...

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    my iron & granite bench isn't that big, but it...

    my iron & granite bench isn't that big, but it weighs about the same!
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    when i saw the thread title i thought your new...

    when i saw the thread title i thought your new "work bench" would be more along these lines:...
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    Question: could you post a photo of what all you're dealing...

    could you post a photo of what all you're dealing with? the advice you need may be somewhat dependent on the specific situation. not every trick works everywhere.
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    Best point for fine lines in 24kt gold?

    Of the relatively few things I truly dread doing (engraving-wise anyway), doing fine shading in 24kt gold ranks right up there, especially if it involves tight curves. I manage to get the job done,...
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