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Easy Elegance
work by Rex Pedersen

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 Published in: 2014 Archives

Not all engraving projects need to be complicated and drawn out. This pendant, engraved by GRSTC instructor Rex Pedersen, went from start to finish in a little over an hour. Rex engraved the pendant while demonstrating at the International Sportsmen’s Expo in Sandy, Utah.

Rex based the design in the center of the pendant, choosing to mimic the round shape with concentric patterns. Repeated elements work together to create a stable design that also has a sense of movement to it. Pedersen hand engraved the English scroll with a C-Max 1.8mm round graver, shaped to 105° using the EasyGraver fixture.

“Simple English scroll can be done with very little layout,” Rex says. He drew each scroll’s backbone in pencil and then “filled in the blanks” to complete the design. The inner leaves are cut in a rhythm, with repeating elements and strokes occupying space in each scroll. The rope border, which Pedersen cut using a QC 45 Flat graver, adds contrast and continues the repetition and rhythm. This simple choice unifies the design.

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