Learning to engrave things such as metal or wood is not difficult to do, nor do you need to spend a lot of money on classes, DVDs or private lessons (although these things often come in handy). The best way to learn engraving is to simply engrave things, practicing different techniques and trying all sorts of designs. However, for anyone who wants a little more instruction, there are plenty of free resources on the Internet to guide you as you master your engraving skills.
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Purchase engraving tools, plus hand-engraving tools, and materials such as leather, wooden and metal pieces to engrave on.
Draw the design that you want to engrave onto your engraving material and then closely follow the pattern with your hand-engraving tools so that you have a guide to follow.
Engrave anything and everything. Try different designs and techniques each time you engrave something new.
Watch engraving tutorial videos online, rent instructional videos from your local library or purchase engraving DVDs that also offer instruction and examples.
Find an inexpensive engraving class online, at your local community college or through your city's recreation centre.
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