Hand engraving tools allow you to make precision cuts in wood, glass, steel and precious metals. You can carve, etch or engrave with most engraving tools. Hand engraving tools are usually high speed and air powered. The small tip of a hand engraving tool allows you to create professional quality artwork. With little vibration, you can carve precision work for hours with no hand fatigue.
Things You'll Need
- Engraving tool
- Diamond bur
- Fine-tipped pencil
Make sure you have a sharp diamond tip in the hand engraving tool. Adjust the speed to engrave properly on the material. Aluminum is soft and does not require as much power as engraving on solid steel.
Use a fine-tipped pencil to transfer a pattern onto the material.
Hold the engraving tool as you would a pencil. Keep your fingers away from the tip.
Trace the pattern with the engraving tool.
Tips & Warnings
- There are different-sized diamond or carbide-bur tips you can use, depending on the size of your project.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from the sharp tip while engraving.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Hand Carve Wood
Woodworking is performed both by accomplished, seasoned professionals and beginning novices. Make small figures such as animals, trees and figures as well...
How to Engrave Glass
Engraving glass is an enjoyable way to create beautiful, personalized items to use in your home or to give as gifts. Though...
How to Hand Engrave Metal
Metal engraving is a process with a wide variety of uses. Inscribe your name or initials on metal tools and equipment to...
How to Use an Electric Engraver
You can use an electric engraver on stone, glass and ceramic surfaces. Engravers use diamond tips to etch hard surfaces to create...
- Styles of Hand Engraving
DIY Dremel Engraver
A Dremel engraving tool accomplishes many projects. From wood signs to personalized jewelry boxes, there are virtually no limits. Your creativity is...