Watch the beautiful results of high speed laser engraving

What used to take an artisan months can now be done with laser precision in minutes. Watch as this high speed laser array engraves an intricate pattern. Read the rest

Watch this engraver reshape Abe Lincoln's penny portrait into a skull

Spend a delightful half hour watching master engraver Shaun Hughes turn an ordinary penny into an extraordinary artwork of skulls and scrolls. Read the rest

Incredible! Face of Christ in a spiral

Claude Mellan's copper engraving "Face of Christ" (1649) consists of a single line starting at the tip of the nose and spiraling out with varying thickness to create the image. The copper plate is approximately 17" x 12.5". From ArtGallery.nsw:

Starting with the tip of his burin in the centre of the plate, Mellan pushed the tool forward while simultaneously rotating the copper plate with his free hand in an anti- clockwise direction to create a near perfect spiral. Today, the original copper plate for Mellan’s print is in the collection of the Bibliothèque royale in Brussels.

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Gorgeous metallic insects and skulls with engraved patterns

UK-based artist Billy Bogiatzoglou creates intricate images of engraved insects and skulls. The Engraved Entomology series has especially detailed beetles, dragonflies, and arachnids. Read the rest