View Full Version : Engraved Smith

11-11-2002, 10:25 PM
Hi All

I thought I would try to post a picture of some of my work. This is a little Smith & Wesson that I did some scratching on. I usually don't do much relief engraving as I still use just a hammer and chisel.

<IMG SRC="" WIDTH="320" HEIGHT="240">


Tim Adlam
11-12-2002, 09:34 AM
Hi Brian,

Try cropping your photos in photoshop down to 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels high. Thats the best viewing size without having to scroll right. If you keep the file size under 60k, it'll load up faster for those of us with dial-up connections.

If you don't mind a little should concentrate on getting the outer edge or the spine of the scroll to flow better...I can see a few minor breaks here and there. What also helps is maintaining a consistent stem thickness leads the eye in seeing a smoother flowing scroll. Very easy to correct. Otherwise your design and balance look good.


11-12-2002, 07:25 PM
Hi Tim

Thanks for the advice. No I don't mind. It is part of the learning process. The large picture allowed you to better evaluate my work. I like the looks of the picture better now though. Not as if under the microscope as before. The size below was probably 20X of actual size.

On another note, I found that you can post photos using HTML code to set size on this forum. I used the following format IMG SRC="http://www."photo location.jpg" WIDTH="640" HEIGHT="480" where photo location is the web location of the photo and width and height are set in pixels. Put a < before IMG and a > after 480". I could not use the < and > as it was read as code and tried to find a photo.


11-12-2002, 08:14 PM
Interesting about the html. Most forums dont allow html in posts because it poses a security risk.

Mind if I ask what hand tools you use and where'd you get em from?


11-14-2002, 09:21 PM

I use a small chasing hammer that I made as most chasing hammers are too heavy in my opinion. Most of the gravers that I use are ground to shape from 1/8" round and square tool steel bits. Grizzly sells these as would probably any company that sells lathe bits.