This instructable will show how to engrave something and make it look really nice with very little extra effort or skill required.
mailing labels or any other printable sticker material.
engraving pen- I got mine for $12.00 from Canadian Tire
something you need to engrave. (you might want to do a practice one first, don't start on your wife's wedding band just yet)
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Step 1: Image
You can dress it up with some fancy art around the name but since that is probably a good way to get myself beat up at work, I'll just make it plain here. You have to be careful not to go too fine into the details because some of the paper gets damaged while you are engraving, you will see what I mean when you try it, just trust me for now.
Print out your image onto mailing labels or sticker paper. I try to do most of a sheet and I print it out a few different sizes to have some extras around and to be able to fit it the best possible way.
Trim the label if you have to and stick it to the tool where you want to engrave your name. Push it down good because we don't want it to slide when we start. Also the better it is stuck down, the less the paper seems to get damaged.
Step 2: Engrave It
For the center punch I made in trade school, I filed a flat spot into the knurling to give myself a nice spot to engrave.
I once did a really nice one for a birthday present for a friend. I have no picture but I engraved my friends name in a really funky font onto a rock climbing carabiner. (disclaimer- engraving onto a structural part may weaken the carabiner) I engraved the locking barrel which bears no weight. You would hate to give someone a birthday present that kills them, no matter how cool it looks.
Experiment, enjoy, and hang on to your tools!