Hein (fub) wrote,

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Seal engraving...

I bought a starter kit for seal engraving/carving at the Tokyu Hands, along with two extra 'blanks'. With the set, you can carve a design in a piece of soapstone, to create your own seal. The soapstone is quite soft so it's possible to carve lines in it with a sharp and hard tool.
It's a lot of work, and the material is sometimes uneven -- you might hit an extra hard spot that your carving tool will 'slip' on, creating erratic lines. And because the material is so hard, you have to exert quite a bit of force to have even a chance to carve the stone -- so if your tool slips, you'll quite possibly do real damage to your design.

I'm not sure it's something I want to invest a lot of time in. Because the seals are small, it's precise work, and I think I could carve a stamp with the same designs and same effect much faster with a better effect...
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