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Equipment for Engraving Rock Stone

Updated:2013-12-02 14:44:15

Stone engraving is an ancient art that once took a long time to complete. Now, work that would take hours can be done in minutes thanks to sandblasting and laser equipment that can quickly carve stone. Engraved stone can serve a decorative purpose as part of a larger piece, or it can be an individual piece of art. Specialised tools are needed to engrave rock.

                                                   

Hammer and Chisel
The oldest equipment used for engraving rock stone was the hammer and chisel. Craftsmen place chisels of various sizes against the stone and hit their blunt ends with the hammer to chip away parts of the stone until they create the desired design. Working with a chisel and hammer is time consuming and leaves little margin for error.
Sandblasting Nozzle

Sandblasting has become a more common form of stone etching. Specialists blow abrasive sand material on to the paving stone so that they can slowly grind in the designs. These sandblasters greatly reduce the time spent engraving stones. The sandblaster uses compressed air to fire sand at the rock at a very high velocity. The artisans can choose the size of the nozzle and point the nozzle at the specific part of the stone that they want to engrave.

Stencilling
Artists must also use stencils to create the designs so that they can get the engraving right the first time. With stencils and computer technology, engravers can create designs that will fit perfectly on the stones. With the computer technology, the engravers can look at different design options without having to go through multiple sandstones, which reduces the production costs. These programs allow engravers to easily create personalised engravings for gifts.
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