Wristwatch from Florijn, engraved with Dutch theme. Boats, windmills and Amsterdam city view on one side.
Great news everybody! With the financing help from Leader I had a chance to buy a used Haas VF-1 vertical machining centre.
Goal of the project was to start making our own products, like wristwatch cases, fountain pens and also offer CNC machining service. Ideally also creating new jobs.
Here it is, in all its glory
Future videos coming as well.
This Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver has been my main focus for past few months. The project got a start couple of years ago when I disassebled it and cleaned up, but until now I didn’t have time to actually engrave it. Well, finally it happened and here it is in all its glory. Grips and box were also made for it.
In the past few months I’ve been making and engraving a few very exclusive and high end custom iPhone backplates and casings. Their final destination was in Qatar.
Starting off with a simpler ones, here are two engraved models, where the engraving was done directly on the case
A bit more interesting model is the iPhone 6 with custom backplate. The backplate frame was CNC milled from silver sheet, engraved and plated with 24K gold. The corner triangles are also from silver sheet. Inside rhombus features black and white Mother of Pearl mosaic. This was a very interesting project, because I got to do all the 3D modelling work for CNC, milling and engraving. Basically from start to finish, except the gold plating. It’s so cool to see the final result at the end after many-many days of work.
The prettiest one, I think, is this one with bulino engraved Arabian horse and gyrfalcon corners. Bottom corners feature Qatar skyline. As this was made exclusively for Qatar, then then center round piece has their logo and outside rectangle has Islamic pattern.
Here is yet another very interesting watch engraving I had a chance to do.
The watch is from Geckota and model is stainless “K3”. Engraving theme is Gothic architecture and parts of the design are from actual buildings that have emotional significance to the watch owner. Here I had also a chance to do little bits of 24K gold inlay to spice up the design a little.
Very interesting watches and engraving themes have come across my table. This one is no exception.
The watch is Halios “Tropik B” in bronze and the engraving theme is Pacific Northwest Coast native art. Think Tlingit, Tsimshian etc. It took me quite a while to get accommodated with the style and its composition rules, looked through quite a few books and videos. It was completely different and new to me, but also very interesting. And challenging. I like challenges.
Here’s the result.
Continuing from the previous post about the engraving process of the Sig Sauer P226 S, here is the finished gun in all its glory.
Last, but not least – photo shoot with model Grete Roos
Hair by Alice Aleksandridi, make-up by Anna-Maria Kalvi, style Keithy Kuuspu.
Sig Sauer P226 engraving is my biggest project to date. Engraving process itself took around 320 hours and extra 80 hours was spend later on new grips and box.
In this post I’ll show the progress steps and next post will feature the completed gun and also a photo shoot results with a model.
First step was to do 24K gold inlay borders on the frame and slide.
When borders are inlaid and scrollwork contours engraved, then the main gold inlays are done. Here you can see the pocket for skull inlay is prepared – first a pocket is cut and cleaned out, then teeth are risen to hold the gold wire.
Closer view of the gold inlay
Gold wire is hammered in, looks very rough indeed.
Now the gold is stoned flush with surrounding metal and taken to final finish.
Once the gold is looking good, shading can be done on the surrounding scrollwork and on the gold as well.
Here’s the workshop view during skull engraving, notice the several skull references to get shading correct.
Here is the final result:
Here’s the same process shown for the skeleton arm inlay and shading on the front of the slide.
Now it is starting to look like something!
Final results can be seen on Engraved Sig Sauer P226 post.
One more watch engraving in a row. This time it is Aevig “Corvid” watch in stainless steel case and creme dial. Theme is octopus-celtic-runes. On the plain side one can see octopus eyes and tentacles with running Celtic knots in the background. Crown side has tentacles from the same octopus and also Celtic knots.