More Texturing Talk, How to Texture with a Flat Graver

Yesterday I showed a texturing process with a small 0.5mm Ball Bur and it got me excited about texturing and contrasting looks in silver, so I will show another texturing procedure today that you might just fall in love with, I know it is one of my favorite ways to add texture to a piece, and in the right instance, it looks amazing. I call it “Walking a Flat Graver”.

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I have a Silver Hoop Earring that is smooth, with a separating line on each side, which makes a great border for segmenting the piece. Let’s see if we can “jazz” this up.

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In this instance, I am going to be using a #45 Flat Graver to add the finish, you can use smaller or larger blades according to the width of the piece you are working with.

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I am going to polish the edge of the blade so it will leave a little more of a “shiny” texture. If you want a “duller” finish, you can skip this process. Take a piece of Yellow Rouge and rub it on a piece of scratch paper. This will leave a thin layer of rouge on the paper and we will use this to polish the graver. Polish the graver by rubbing the graver as flat as possible on the rouge covered paper.

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Once the graver is polished, take the piece that you are going to be adding the texture to and support it somehow. With this piece, I can hold it with my fingers, but if it is smaller, you can hold it with Dop Wax, or with Jett Sett. Next take the graver and place the edge of the graver along the bordered edge. Start to “Walk” the blade back and forth, lightly cutting into the silver and rotating the blade from one end of the blade to the other, at the same time, moving forward. After you make one “pass” with the blade, repeat the same process, overlapping the first cuts, so they blend together.

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Repeat going over the area until you are happy with how it all blends together, being very careful not to accidently touch the edge of the blade past the border. This texture is a great contrast with smooth, polished areas.

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There you have it, one more way to texture your pieces, this way takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy the process and the look. Go find some scrap pieces and practice, and if you make something cool, go ahead and post it on the JewelryMonk facebook page.

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Thanks again for joining me on this journey, now get out there and “rough something up”…..


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11 Responses to More Texturing Talk, How to Texture with a Flat Graver

  1. Angel Glaser August 20, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Good Morning, Doug!

    Loved how you used texture to make the earring POP.
    When you get a chance-could you please talk in more detail about gravers.
    My shop space and budget will not allow me to get a whole “set” of gravers. Like some people- i can only get a few and i will have to get them one at a time. Which ones would be the “basic” gravers for the beginner? Which gravers are more versitile and can be used to get more varied effects?
    As always- I just want to know MORE!

    Thank you for all that you do for us newbies.

    • JewelryMonk August 20, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Angel, I will get a little more into gravers in the future, but if you go to the website and search “Gravers” there are a few tips already.
      Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. LindaS August 20, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Thanks again for another great post! I have several graver blades that I have yet to use… is there an alternative to Yellow Rouge to polish the blades? Right now I have bobbing, white diamond and Zam at home… I think the crafts center that I frequently use may have other polishing compounds, red rouge, tripoli, etc. but not sure if they have yellow rouge.

  3. JewelryMonk August 20, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    You can try some of the others, but the harder the compound the better. The White Zam might work.

    • LindaS August 20, 2014 at 8:56 am #

      Thank you!

  4. Adele August 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    I love the texture you got with the graver but have not worked with them before. Are they so sharp that you are walking it by hand or are you tapping it with a hammer? Love your posts! So glad I found you!


    • JewelryMonk August 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      Adele, it is sharp enough to walk by hand. Give it a try.

  5. Karen Martin November 10, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    It is so nice to see your posts again. I’ve really enjoyed them and they have really cleared up some gray areas I’ve experienced

    • Doug Napier November 10, 2015 at 6:59 am #

      Thank you Karen! It is sooo nice to be well and creating.

  6. Dee Hebard November 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    What a beautiful texture. I don’t own any travers, but this is really nice!

    • Doug Napier November 29, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

      Yes, it adds a great contrast. Get yourself a graver and give it a try.