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Engraving a 14K Gold Locket : 

Engraving a 14K Gold Locket Paris vonRabenau Certified Master Jeweler 2011

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Adding Shellac to the locket : 

Adding Shellac to the locket Adding melted shellac to the inside of the locket provides a firm surface when engraving. Otherwise the top could crush in when pressing the engraver to cut or engrave the image. This shows the shellac in a melted form being added to the locket.

Heating the shellac up with the torch : 

Heating the shellac up with the torch Light heat will melt the shellac. When heating, be sure not to burn or scorch by getting it too hot. This causes the shellac to get unmanageable and will prevent proper sticking to the object. When melted you must not touch the shellac with your fingers. It will stick and can cause sever burn requiring treatment. Cooling best achieve by touching cold steel to the melted shellac. Add small pieces of shellac as needed to fill cavity. Just the place where your engraving.

Adding a handle to the shellac : 

Adding a handle to the shellac Now that you have shellac on the inside of the locket you can add a engraving stick to be used for turning and holding the locket. The design should already be on the surface of the locket to follow layout.

Adding the handle to locket : 

Adding the handle to locket Gently heat the shellac on the locket and the handle you chose to use. Making sure the melt is clean of burned shellac from overheating and sticks to locket when picked right side up.

Locket ready to apply design : 

Locket ready to apply design Now your ready to start engraving your locket with the handle in place and applied design not shown here. Design for this side will be drawn on using “Chinese White” or just plain water color white applied with your finger. Dab it on and let it dry to touch.

Engraved design : 

Engraved design This shows a engraved side after removing the engravers wax that was applied shown in first youTube video. Engravers wax leaves a stick surface to apply pencil drawing directly by rubbing onto the wax and lifting off.

Removing the locket from the stick : 

Removing the locket from the stick Now just reverse your steps heating the shellac and when the stick is off carefully keep heat to the locket and with a pick of your tweezers or pin , remove the largest glob of shellac in one melted piece as pictured. This will take less time to remove all the shellac in the piece when finished to start the next side. Shellac is removed with alcohol. I heat mine up on the steamer fill cup or you can let sit overnight.

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Place piece in alcohol to remove

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Engraving the opposite side of the locket using Chinese chalk layout. I use loose freeform to draw my lines. (JDJ)

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Now I have the engraving done I can remove the chalk with water.

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