Modern Letter Engraving in Theory and Practice; A Manual for the Use of Watchmakers, Jewelers and Other Metal Engravers
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...occupy a one-half square. The size of letters above mentioned is about four times the size that a general letter engraver would have to engrave. For cutting the bar of Roman letters, if on silver with satin finish, the best effect is obtained from a polished graver. If we are cutting block letters, a very beautiful effect is obtained by first wriggling. By wriggling the student is to understand that the flat bottom graver is held in the hand so as to cut the bar, except possibly not on as much angle, and as it is pushed forward gently, it is very carefully and accurately turned to right and left, or in other words is given a rocking motion. Wriggling is beautiful if well executed and applied properly. After wriggling the letters above mentioned, a bright cut is made on the lower right side of each letter; the width of this shade varies according to the artist's judgment or the requirements, and is done with a flat bottom tool, highly polished, and at least one-third wider than the cut to be made. Wriggling can be done with any flat or round bottom tool, and the fineness of the wriggling is governed by the angle on which it is held and the force with which it is pushed forward. At Figs. 7, 8 and 9, we show wriggling of different degrees of fineness, all executed the with same graver; changing the angle of the tool in operation makes the lines appear finer or coarser. By raising the hand up and turning or rolling the tool right and left, quickly and gently, the fine work is done, and as the hand is lowered and turned to the right and left a little farther the wriggling becomes coarser. The student should practice a great deal at this class of work, as it is very useful if well done, but if executed poorly is one of the most abominable...
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