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Old October 20th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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Has anyone done any hand engraving ?
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Old October 20th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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i imagine that might be painful, and dificult.. i don't think the flesh would retain any detailed designs... ;)

most i've ever done is put a design or two on a zippo with a dremel...
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Old October 20th, 2007, 11:46 AM   #3
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I've done a little work on glass mostly with a Dremel and diamond bits. I'll try to find some pics.

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Old October 20th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #4
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I've done a little work on glass mostly with a Dremel and diamond bits. I'll try to find some pics.

Why?
My brother did that years ago, kinda cool, he used sewing patterns for like flower type arraingments.


The coolest i thought ,he used kids coloring books as a pattern and made some neat cartoon patterns.

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Old October 20th, 2007, 01:45 PM   #5
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Here's a couple bug quarter windows I did years ago. I have other pics somewhere but I'm not sure where. These, I just dug out the windows and took new pics. These are 65-up windows if anyone wants them. They are a little scratched and cloudy now. The baja is on one window, the street bug on the other.







I used to engrave a flaming VW logo on all my VWs quarter windows. My GTI, jetta and a few bugs all got done with the same image.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #6
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Those are bad ass .What do you want for them man. Let me know, o.k.
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I've dabbled in it a little.What are you wanting to engrave? The difficulty is all in the medium,and of course how complex the design is.
You can buy a liquid solution from about any art store that you make a stencil and apply it and it works ok.But the best way to do it is obviously with a tool.
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I want to try Aluminum,Brass,and Bronze.

Something like the work of CJ Allan:
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I've done a few skulls and a Porsche 930 Turbo, a new beetle and a few others plus some flames and just lines, scrolls, etc. I don't think I have pics of most of it. I like glass. Wood sucks because it's so soft, metals are alright but each one has it's own characteristics. I have engraved a lot of "tobacco" pipes over the years. Obviously, a lot of skulls, peace signs, pot leafs, flames etc. there.Had a couple people want their names or initials on them.
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I dabbled in it for awhile, did a lot of wine glasses for weddings etc.

I have a piece of glass used to be a tabletop...
I engraved a picture of my M915 tractor trailer that I drove in germany on it. Across the top, my battalion crest with the logo "Semper Rotans" on the bottom.

It's kinda my memento from serving in germany.

I plan on doing some scenes on my bug when it's ready...

Just really iffy about engraving pop-out quarters, harder to find og's every day.

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Just really iffy about engraving pop-out quarters, harder to find og's every day.

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I know what you mean. I'd like a pair for my 64. Those I posted above are stationary ones. I was looking through some old pics recently and saw a pic of a 63 or 64 bug that I scrapped back in the 80s because I had a yard full of them and this one had no interior, a dent in the left side and the engine was locked up. It had original pop-outs and a solid body and pan. I was a teeneger then.
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Theres a friend of mine who actually signed up here as a memeber but is inactive. Goes by the name AirWerx. He's got alot of it on his car. Reall nice work, some ilustrations for the Idiots guide. Pics of his car where posted by here by someone.
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Wood is easy,I want to try metal.

Von Dutch did engraving on metal,some was pretty nice.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 07:54 PM   #14
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you may want to try electrolysis brass etching instead. Just need a laser printer and an electrolysis machine (or modified battery charger):
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Wow! This was cool! Photo paper in a laserprinter..

I just yesterday tested with Ferric(III)chloride on Aluminum with an symbol drawn with Permanent Marker. No electrolysis, just dripped the solution onto the clean surface and let it bubble for about half an hour.



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Hmm... The HP photoquality Inkjet paper didn't work in my office laser printers.. The print stuck onto the rollers inside the printer not on the paper ...
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Old October 20th, 2007, 08:12 PM   #19
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That works on Brass,Copper,etc.
Some people used the same chemicals as for etching printed circuit boards.

The ink in a Inkjet printer doesn't work for creating resists.
For some reason,lazer printer ink will transfer with heat,I guess that is how it is applied
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I've considered using 1-Shot as a resist for chemical etching.
Just paint the design,let dry,etch,then wash the 1-Shot off with Lacquer Thinner.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 08:11 AM   #20
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This cat in Abilene, Texas does some amazing work. Here's a link for some additional inspiration.
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Man, that is awesome stuff right there.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 10:43 AM   #22
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That kind of work is done with a graving block and a steady hand with the gravers. Look up tools in silversmithing and gun engraving. It takes a knack, but there are people willing to pay big-time for quality work. I did some when I was a watchmaker in the Navy, but got tired of all the effort confined to such a small area. Plus, I drank a lot back then.
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bugdust = charlie = chuckles
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Charles - Charlie - Chuck - Chuckles - Chilly - Asshole...oh, that's what my wife calls me.
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I was just perusing some old VW mags and saw some work by a dude named Art Cordiero back in the 80's that was amazing, there is a shot of a complete VW shroud and cylinder tins he did. I don't have a scanner, maybe Charlie can scan the pic. VW Trends June '89 page 86.
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