Metal Engraving
Basic Bright Cut Engraving

Learn basic bright cut hand engraving skills quickly, in a friendly and organized surrounding. Using GRS equipment, students study and execute scrolls, flowers, and leaves that form the timeless style of bright cut engraving. The essential techniques used in trophy belt buckles, saddle and tack trim, bits and spurs, and Western jewelry are covered. This course is also excellent for any jeweler who would like to add bright cutting to their custom creations, as the same techniques are used to embellish rings and other fine jewelry. Other artists have also taken the skills learned in this class and have adapted them to knife engraving and other projects where a high polished bright cut is desired.

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Course Info

Jeremiah Watt
2023 Date(s)
Metal Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type


  • Correct setup of GRS equipment
  • Operation of common classroom tools
  • Tool sharpening, theory, and geometry
  • Surface preparation for engraving or stone setting
  • Artwork layout and design principles
  • Design transfer techniques
  • Line cutting techniques
  • Proper use of workholding fixtures and devices
  • Business practices and pricing work (varies by instructor)
  • Executing wriggle cuts and bright cuts
  • Engraving flowers and leaves
  • Engraving scrolls and borders
  • Fundamentals of tool sharpening
  • Planning for curved surfaces
  • Shading techniques

Class Project(s)



No prerequisites.



Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

We reserve your seat upon receipt of course deposit. To transfer or cancel your reservation, notify GRS at least 30 days before the class start date to transfer deposit or receive a refund, less $50. Deposits are not transferrable or refundable less than 30 days before the course start date. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to call us! We would be glad to help you. Call 800-835-3519, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

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