Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Etching Tool

So Julie asked me in a comment on the last post what I am using to etch and I can't remember if I mentioned that before. This is a metal scriber that I had John grind the ends down and then temper one end. It keeps a sharp point for a long time, as the many stab marks on my fingers show :p

And the owl at the moment. I wanted to have more finished, but its a little dangerous using the above tool when you have a coughing fit :p

7 comments:

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

What a beautiful owl! I love it! Definitely safety first!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

thanks :) and art can be dangerous :p

Michelle B. Hendry said...

Yes, art can be dangerous! LOL! I stabbed myself with a inked stick pen nib once. Ended up with a single dot tattoo.
The owl is coming along....

Mr Fuzzy said...

Correct name for it...Engineer's Scriber

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200mm-HARDENED-STEEL-ENGINEERS-SCRIBER-Double-Ended-scribing-tool-scribe-/361385073536?hash=item54243a9b80

I cut the hooked end off with an angle grinder, then used a bench grinder (though a grinding disc/flap disc in an angle grinder does the same thing) to put a point on it

Then to restore the temper I used a little blow torch to heat the end up (a little too far though, should have been a yellow colour, I took it up to blue...which is too high, but on plastic its not crucial

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150mm-Scribing-Tool-Tungsten-Carbide-Point-tip-engineers-scriber-detail-craft-/321824623197?hash=item4aee3e0a5d - This would be ok also, but sharpening it could be an issue (its made of Tungsten Carbide, which is remarkably hard...)

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

you could be a pointillism tattoo artist :D

I did that with a pencil and still have the lead in my hand 20+ years later :p

kaslkaos said...

Puts a whole new spin on dangerous art. Hmmm... I almost slice the tip of my finger off while cutting paper with an exacto knife...
Great owl etching. You really do suffer for your art, tho, don't you?

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

thanks :) and thats why I don't use knives, can't imagine what would happen lol