Silver Metalic

Appreciate the info!

  • Tom
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If you’re looking to have the engraved/rastered area silver, and want wood as your material, then deep engrave, spray paint in very light coats and run the board over a sander to clean up any bleed.

If you want a silver surface, with “charred” engrave, look at this laser foil technique. I’ve posted it before, but you may not have seen it.

Edit: I may not have linked this in the most efficient way, click on the heading to go to the full post with a video on the method.

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NICE! You just gained that channel a few new subscribers, I’m sure. They have some cool videos!

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Just put one up on casting pewter, got me thinking about “silver” inlays on engraved pieces.

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I’ve seen this stuff popping up. It looks like magic. Spray on chrome in my lifetime. I live in the future.

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That’s pretty awesome looking. I wish they did a demo on an object that wasn’t designed to make this process look perfect. I wonder how it works with sharp edges and undercuts

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What about just rubbing the whole thing down with metallic pigments, post engrave? You buff them in, so they wouldn’t get into all the details, and there’s a huge range of colors in varying metallic-y-ness (technical term). You’d probably want to seal the whole thing after.

I know Jacquard has a line of metallic loose pigments, but you can probably but them less expensively in bulk.

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Thanks! Definitely the former. For the latter, I actually did see your Hot Foil post when you posted it. I thought it was quite timely for this question of mine. :slight_smile: But I’m definitely looking for a silver engrave.

  • Tom
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Oooooo… Me likey.

  • Tom
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Good question. I know nothing about this. I’ll certainly go learn more about it!

Thanks!

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This might be foolish, but is it possible to change some of the details so that they will look too bold after engrave, right after painting?

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Don’t know the answer but just want to say Happy Cake Day @paulw!

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Aw, thank you! I had no idea (bad at tracking things like that). Only a couple days off from my birthday, shoulda planned that better…

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Then Happy Birthday as well!

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Maybe. But I think there’d be too many variables to do that consistently. I mean, what if the thickness of the paint is off in spots or in different runs. I’d have no real way to predict everything in order to achieve repeatable results.

Thanks!

  • Tom
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Happy almost double Cakeday, @paulw!

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I was going to suggest HIPs High Impact Polystryene, it’s an engraving laminate that is laserable, you can buy it in various metallic colours

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Hey, thanks!

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Silver leafing would be an option too. It takes a bit to get used to but is not that hard. You won’t lose any detail.

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…or possibly apply metallic wax with a brush.

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