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Specialty Services -Engraving Options
Last Updated: 05/11/2021
Specialty Services:
Negative Engraving - We can create stamps with Negative Engraving- this typically means that the background is engraved rather than the art itself. This means the background is raised in wax in the final result) and the art itself is depressed into the wax. This type of artwork needs to be submitted with the background in black and the artwork in white. There is an additional fee for this service, depending on the die size and detail level of the engraving. This type of Engraving is only recommended for specific uses or specific artworks-please see further details in the section below.


Example of Normal Wax Stamp Artwork Example of Negative Engraving Artwork
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To the Edge Engraving: - We can engrave stamps to the edge- this is a special service as our normal engraving leaves a safe space around the edge. Additional fee may apply.
Extra Depth Engraving: Our normal Engraving depth which gives nice definition is 0.75mm. We can engrave extra depth in 0.75 increments up to 2.25mm maximum. This is very deep and in most cases a 1.5mm depth should be sufficient, as this is approximately double the normal engraving depth. There is an additional fee for this service-please inquire.

EXAMPLE OF NEGATIVE ENGRAVING WITH EXTRA DEPTH
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Engraving to the edge of the Die: We can engrave to the edge of the die as an extra service- this is not what we do normally as there usually is a safe space to the edge to insure proper positioning. Engraving to the edge of the die requires extra set-up time and therefore there is an extra fee for this service.
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2-D Engraving:
We can in some cases create a 2-D Engraving, meaning some areas are engraved at a different depth than others. This is entirely dependent on the artwork and can only be applied to solid specific areas within the artwork. Each area is engraved at a specific depth, one lower than the other. The outcome depends on the art and we can review and quote this service on a case by case basis.

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EXAMPLE OF 2-D ENGRAVING- FLAME IS ENGRAVED AT LESSER DEPTH THAN REST OF ARTWORK
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Flat Engraving: In order to achieve a specific depth for each line, a laser machine will "dig" into the metal surface repeatedly. This creates a textured surface that is usually visible only large thick lines or large engraved areas (see comparison images). 99% of the time you do not specifically even notice it, and the majority of our customers have no issue with this, but in a few cases you may find that you can see the textured background more than you would like. If you want a smooth flat surface we can engrave in a flat manner, but you do sacrifice depth a bit in exchange for the flat engraving. Also, it takes a lot longer to engrave a flat engraving. Therefore, there is a cost for this and if you are interested in this service, please submit your image and we will be happy to quote. However, we do not recommend artworks with Texts to be flat engraved, as text is difficult to get at the right depth in flat engraving.

EXAMPLE OF FLAT ENGRAVING (LEFT) VS. STANDARD ENGRAVING (RIGHT)


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