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more lettering practice

This is one of three brooches I’m making for part of a group show, here in Vancouver, in September. The idea is to show how a plate of hand engraving practice can become an interesting and wearable piece.

The photos show the letters hand drawn, then cut (hand engraved), and then with some jewellery making wizardry, made into a brooch!

calligraphy class

When I first knew I wanted to learn engraving, but before I had the resources/tools/teacher to begin, I started practicing my letters. I was aware that lettering is a big part of engraving for the jewellery trade and figured that learning with a pencil, ruler, and eraser was an OK place to start. Since then I have spent many, many hours studying and practicing letterforms and layouts; thicks and thins, spacing and centring, mostly from books and information sourced online.

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Getting pretty good at (engraving) this ‘love’ thing.

lettering practice

 “It’s got to be beautiful, it’s got to be legible.”

Martin Jackson

Hand engraved lettering is by far the most difficult to learn, for reasons mentioned above.


roses are red

Violets are blue

After getting the hang of how to make and sharpen the chisels, inside ring lettering has been the most challenging. Also the hardest to photograph.


fancy Initials

This personalized pendant is perfect for Mothers Day, or in this case Marcel.

Smaller than a dime, a delicate and significant gift.

Available at Tiny Finery for Mothers Day and all occasions after.