Engraving Lexis
  • Bulino engraving: Also call "booknote" engraving in the US, it is a high definition engraving of an  images by means of a small graver using hand force to produce micro lines or micro dots closely packed together in order to produce tonal density changes. This technique has the capability to define images very well in high detail and creates a great amount of realism.
  • Metal inlay: Inlay is the means of inserting precious metals such as Silver / Gold / Platinum into a base material such as steel. The process involves cutting out the pattern from the base material to the exact shape of the image to be inlaid. The depth of the cut out is relative to the thickness of the material being inlaid. After the cut out has been leveled, its surface is undercut to create random edges and the material to be inlaid is then hammered into place causing the precious metal to flow into the under-cutting edges.  The precious metal is then stoned and sanded flush with the base surface. The inlay is finally shade, using the “bulino” technique to give volume and realism to the animal.
  • Metal overlay: Same principal as above, but the precious metalis left "proud"  (above) of the base material and create a three dimentional engraving. The precious metal can be shade as above or sculpted or schlpted then shade.

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