How to Carve Gemstones With a Dremel

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Carving gemstones is a fun and easy project.
Carving gemstones is a fun and easy project. (Image: purple stones image by Galyna Andrushko from Fotolia.com)

Carving gemstones with the Dremel engraver tool is an easy way to create your own unique jewelry. It is a fun craft project that anyone can do. The Dremel engraver tool is inexpensive and easy to use, and the results are amazing. As long as you choose gemstones with large enough surfaces to carve, you can carve designs of any kind, from simple to elaborate, in just minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine tip marker
  • Towel
  • Dremel engraver tool
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball

Lay a folded towel on a sturdy table. Place your gemstones on it to keep them in place while carving.

Draw a design onto your gemstone with a fine tip marker.

Hold the Dremel engraver firmly on the rubber grip near the tip, push the on switch, and choose a speed that you are comfortable with. The higher the speed, the deeper it will carve.

Carve your design into the gemstone by dragging the tip, drawing over the marker design, without stopping for too long in any one spot.

Wipe dust off of the gemstone with a towel.

Dab rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and wipe off any leftover marker ink.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with the Dremel engraver before using it on expensive gemstones. River stones are a cheap surface to experiment on.
  • Do not touch the vibrating tip when the engraver is in the on position.
  • When carving, do not hold the tip in one area for too long, or you may carve too deeply.

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