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Hauntingly Beautiful
work by A.L. Henson

Friday, October 31st, 2014 Published in: 2014 Archives

Instead of another scary, ghoulish engraving for the end of October (like the fabulous hobo nickel engraving from last week), this Friday features the lighter side of engraving.

Although the term cameo traditionally refers to a method of relief carving where a head is depicted in an oval frame, often including the neck and shoulders. Now, the word has a much broader meaning. In modern art, a cameo may include flat, non-carved imagery instead. For engravers who love traditional cameos but are not adept at relief engraving, a cameo can be engraved using simple lines.

This pendant, hand-cut into an oval shape from 16 gauge fine silver sheet, is a modern interpretation of the traditional cameo carving. At the request of a customer, artist A.L. Henson created an original drawing to evoke the feeling and aesthetic of a cameo. To engrave the fine lines on the pendant, Henson used a 120° C-Max graver with polished, parallel heels and narrow, relieved sides for a smaller point. The finished pendant is approximately one inch tall.

While this artwork is much simpler in design than cameo carvings, the customer loved the design — and that is always a great result for custom hand engraving.

Have you engraved a modern cameo? We would love to see what you have done! Send photos and story to featured@grstools.com and your work could be featured on the GRS website.


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