STEP-BY-STEP CALLIGRAPHY ENGRAVING TUTORIAL & TIPS
Engraving have open many possibilities for customization. One of my favourite item to engrave are liquor bottles. They are beginner friendly (large surface areas), predictable outcome (mostly glass bottles) and almost foul-proof when you understand the basics of engraving. There are many ways to do it but this is how I used an ancient technique to practice my placement. I freehand my draft when I do not have the tools to create the image transfer but this beginner friendly technique will let you have an accurate preview of your lettering on the object before engraving.
Calligraphy Engraving Tools
The tools of engraving are simple. You will find most of the cleaning tools from your home like Q-tips and cotton pads. You can read my blog for my tool of choice here.
Alternatively, I also design all the lettering in Procreate on my iPad. With Procreate, you have the freedom of drafting without wasting. I then load my design on the computer and resize it before printing and tracing it to the working surface. â
Tip 5: Apply heavy pressure on the stencil but light pressure on the engraving itself. You want a clear transfer but I found the best result happens when I light-handed the engraving process. Heavy pressure while engraving will tire your hand and wrist quickly, resulting in lost control over your drill. â
While stencil is a great way to keep your design consistent, it is time consuming and is not suitable to on-site live event. I recommend artists to practice free-hand lettering design on glass bottles to help preparing for situations where stencil design is unavailable.
Something to remember: For safety reason, it is not recommend to engrave on pressurized bottles. There are cases of bottles exploding days or even weeks after engraving. You can offer written calligraphy by using paint pen for the sparking champagne and any bottles that is under pressure. It is our responsibility to provide services that is safe for our clients, and even ourselves.
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