Calligraphy has become a passion of mine that just won't let go. That is a wonderful realization in my view. I fell into lettering and calligraphy years ago and I found a particular style that enraptured me: Ornamental Penmanship. Over the years, I have pushed myself but have also been fortunate to have various clients push me to try other canvases for my calligraphy and Ornamental Penmanship. That has taken me to agate stones, wood, ceramics, marble, glass mirrors, skin (tattoos) etc. ....And I am immensely grateful.
After engraving for years in glass, I will say that I engrave in glass without much thought. It has become as natural to me as paper. Granted, some glass is better than others and trust me...your hand engraver knows the difference in glass quality as soon as they touch bur to glass :).
When it comes to metals, things can get a bit trickier. Not all metals are created equally. I have a fondness for stainless steel. It's like that steady boyfriend that is always there. You know what you are likely to get. He doesn't stand you up...he shows up on time, every time. Gold, rose gold and silver have treated me pretty well too. Not many surprises. Plated metals are not my favorite. They engrave just fine it's just that you can't always predict what color is under the plating. I once engraved a piggybank that was silver plated and I found that a brass like color was underneath. Wasn't expecting that :).
I have played around with rings, bracelets, knives and golf clubs. Oddly, I really like engraving golf clubs along the shaft. So much easier than it looks and most of them engrave nicely....except the graphite clubs. No thank you to graphite clubs. Rings, I just love.
The picture above is of a stainless steel ring and a silver ring. They engraved like silk. Not much to it. As you know, I get bored pretty easily and have decided to add something new to my repertoire. JEWELRY I think that everyone has gifts that are not easily seen from the outside but are still useful. For me, one of my gifts is having a feel for when certain aspects of my career are likely to transition or end soon and with that the need to expand or change what I am doing professionally. I see changes coming in the hand engraving industry and I think that it is time to add something new. Wish me luck! Thank you for all of the love that you have sent my way as I venture through this journey.
Peace and Love while Slinging Ink®