How to Engrave Brass Plates

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How to Engrave Brass Plates
Engrave brass plates for a customised look (aged door pull plates image by dav820 from

Brass plates are used most often as name plate on trophies, office doors and a variety of other objects. Learning how to engrave brass name plates is a useful skill that gives you the ability to customise any gift or personal object. Engraving brass uses the same technique as engraving most other metals. Save money and time by learning how to engrave at home. Brass plates are engraved in minutes with a few simple tools.

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Things you need

  • Engraving tool with BAL angle
  • Rotating clamp
  • Pencil
  • Goggles
  • Damp cloth

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  1. 1

    Draw a design on the brass plates with a pencil. Sketch the design clearly on the side of the plate you will engrave.

  2. 2

    Secure the brass plate into the rotating clamp by adjusting the screws.

  3. 3

    Calculate the revolutions per minute. This is based on the type of metal and size of tip.Set the engraving tool to the proper speed.

  4. 4

    Plug in the engraving tool and put on your goggles. Metal scraps fly when using the engraving tool.

  5. 5

    Trace the stencilled outline with the engraving tool. Hold the tool steady and rotate the clamp to get smooth curves.

  6. 6

    Remove the brass plate from the clamp. Wipe it off with a damp rag to remove any metal dust that remains.

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