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.

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