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Old 08-03-2009, 10:26 AM
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Nothing to do at work so I took the time to engrave
First is a design by Sam and the second I got out of a book on ornaments.

This is a buckle of a coleague of mine. Now she wil have something to remember me by as the company I work at is going to close its doors coming september.


A belt buckle for my father. Hope he likes it.
This was just a first try at a face and I am pretty happy with the results. He has a bit of a boxers nose but that only shows big time blown up like this.
The engraved piece is only 1.2 by 0.8 inche.
Still, taking a good design with bad cutting still looks teriffic. Next I will have to work hard on designing my self.
Hope you like it too.

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Old 08-03-2009, 11:36 AM
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First off I know your Father and coworker will both love the buckles

Next I can tell why your company is closing there doors, it looks like some of there best employees are just sitting around and engraving

Good luck on what sounds like a upcoming job search,
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Old 08-03-2009, 02:43 PM
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Well done.
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:46 PM
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Hi Daniel,

I like the delicacy of the first buckle and the boldness of the second one. What graver(s) did you use to cut the designs with? I like that you left your background texturing tool showing in a photo so we could see that too.

I'm curious which buckle you enjoyed cutting more?

And, you did both of these in just one day!?? Can't imagine what all you'll crank out when the shop doors close and you don't have that pesky job in your way anymore :-)
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:04 PM
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Thanks Kevin and Tang.
I have some job interviews running and hopefully I wil get a job three stone throws away. But I hoped she would call me last week.

Carol,
Both buckles were cut with a universal carbalt graver and that is the one shown on the second pic just to show how big it is.
The texturing was done with a carbide burr with a polished square pointy point. Like a piramide but just a bit higher and not as securely mesured so some sides are not the same.

I loved doing both of them although I was a bit afraid of the one with the face. Never done a face before. The cutting of the first buckle was like pretty nice where the second buckle I had to go through a chrome (ore something) top layer, then copper and beneath it the base metal.
Fine lines proved to be very difficult because when I just got through the fist two layers my graver would love to dive right in.
Still happy with both of them but surely want to make my own buckles to engrave in future.

It took me two days to make these engravings but probably could have done it in one if my arm wouldn't fall of from all the stipling
The first one took I think six hours and the second about four but without stressing. I do think I will do some extra work on the second one. It could use some shading here and there.

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Nice Daniel!
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:34 PM
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Good work Daniel, and hope that new job comes through soon. dave
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:12 PM
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If you don't have any good examples handy just show prospective employers your photo albums here. That cigarette alone should have them lining up to hire you!
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:54 PM
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Great job Daniel! I like them both! I'd also say that you handled cutting through the chrome on the second one very well! Well done my friend!

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Great job, Daniel- I do so enjoy seeing your stuff- makes me want to follow your examples!
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I am new to this site and build mostly bits and spurs. Most of my engraving is bright cut, my question is what do you do to get your background colored or shaded?
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You been busy Daniel,

Both buckles look very nice. Hope you round up a new job, best of luck.

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Those are very nice Daniel. Well done.

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Old 08-05-2009, 01:48 PM
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Thank you all
Both for the feathers and for the luck on getting a new job.
I did get two interviews and I think indeed just from the photo of the cigarette. Fist job I could have taken but was not a chalenge and nice for starters but really boring for me.
The second one would be great for me but she still hasn't called back. I might get the overqualified routine there. Pitty.

Cloudy, I don't think there is a coyright on my practise plates if you use them for practise. If you would like me to get you some nice pictures from the ornamental book youd be most welcome. I could also get you some nice pics from monograms. Pm me if you are interested.

Igbob,
The background was just stippled. And you can use different points to get differen shades. If you use a round 45 angle stipling point its really fast but not so dark. I used an about 20degree angle polished carbide square point made from a dull carbide burr. On the buckle with the face I put some black sharpy ink in the engraving to get some more contrast.
Hope this helps.

Thanks again friends

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Daniel

Do you think the market is there for you to go solo?

Then again, how are your business skills? Many, many people that start their own business find out that while their technical skills are more than adequate, they fail due to a lack of business or people skills.

If things aren't right to go full-time by yourself you might keep the possibility of doing so in mind when picking your next job. Try for one that will help you in whatever area(s) you feel the need for improvement (for most folks in in the 'enough money to survive while I get going' area).
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Hi Steve,
My business skills suck. I just miss the brain lobe for that piece of having a business and making just that bit more to even own a car.
Next to that, I have too many hobbys and although related to my money making work, I tend to only make money with them after mastering the techniques to a surtain degree.
For letter engraving I still charge a fee lower thenn my proffesional coleagues.
I have to change that though, because I hear that my Proff coleagues charge more for a lot less quality.
I have to thank this forum for that though, seeing all the masters here tends to set your standards sky high

Going fulltime for myself has crossed my mind though but as said has its problems. If I could shut out my experimental wishes I could make good money. But that would leave me quite unhappy I think.
Even seeing the engravings on this forum make me think I could learn how to do that and have fun in doing so. But I don't think the dutch market is ready for that.

Many things to figure out on that part. Not much time.
And wanting a part time job always gives the problem of the employer thinking that you would steal clients from their business.

Hard choicess.

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Old 08-05-2009, 08:28 PM
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I feel your pain. All is not lost though - how are Katlin's business skills? Many, many a man has owed his sucessful career to his wife's management skils.

The good and the bad is that you could drive the Dutch market - and a bit of the World market as well, raising the bar well above the current level. Phil Coggan's work would be beyond the English market were the fine English gun market already a world market.

I agree that part time would be a problem. Instead I'd look for a full-time job where you can get involved with the business side.
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Hi Daniel

Nice buckels!

Good luck with the job hunt!
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