Engraving

Engraving is the art of cutting or incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called engravings.
Traditional engraving, by burin or with the use of machines, continues to be practised by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths and others, while modern industrial techniques such as photoengraving and laser engraving have many important applications. Engraved gems were an important art in the ancient world, revived at the Renaissance, although the term traditionally covers relief as well as intaglio carvings, and is essentially a branch of sculpture rather than engraving, as drills were the usual tools.
This learning center offers a number of classes and free resources to help you learn the art of engraving and/or improve your engraving talent.

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Script hand engraving by Mike Dubber with Lindsay Classic AirGraver, part 1
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A demonstration by Andrew Stein Raftery, Associate Professor of Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design. In this video Andrew Raftery creates a copper engraving with the same methods done by the old masters of Europe. This video was made to celebrate "The Brilliant Line" an engraving exhibition at RISD's Museum of Art.

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Old school hammer & chisel engraving demonstrated by master engraver Sam Alfano.
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  • Arts & Crafts: Embroidery & Engraving
  • Arts & Crafts: Origami & Paper Mache

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