Awards & Engraving

November '19

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There are more personalized metal products required for the awards and engraving industry than ever before. There are many methods available for marking metal surfaces, and sandcarving is one that definitely makes its mark. If you can apply a photoresist stencil/mask to the metal sur- face it, sandcarve it. Sandcarving is the perfect method for engraving metal surfaces because it is fast and allows for a color-fill. Other benefits of sandcarving on metal surfaces is working with those items that are curved, sloped, or need a negative design. Recently, we came across a design that was created for a hunter's knife. This particular design was sandcarved because of the slope on the blade. The unique part of the design was the elk had to almost reach the entire height of the blade. We used SR3000 Self-Stick photoresist film for this project since the photomask is repositionable and can align on the metal surface. The photomask will also remove with no residue after the paint- fill is applied. TRY THIS: SANDCARVE A DESIGN ON METAL Step one: create a sandcarving stencil/ mask using SR3000 3-mil Self-Stick film or equivalent product. See text for specific instructions. Step two: apply the mask. Step three: squeegee the stencil and remove the liner. Step four: protect the handle and blade with plastic wrap. Step five: sandcarve the design. Step six: paint-fill the sandcarved area. Step seven: remove the photomask and plastic wrap. Use small strips of tape to remove any photoresist. The finished sandcarved and paint-filled knife. 26 • A&E NOVEMBER 2019

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