Parchment to the rescue!

Jeweler’s dilemma:  the words engraved inside tiny heart lockets are too small to read. The lines are so thin and shallow they can’t be filled with contrasting material. Paper isn’t water resistant and is too fragile. Is there a solution?   

Tada!  I discovered that parchment (animal skin, in this case from a sheep) with permanent black Sumi ink written using the tiniest crow quill pen met all the requirements. 

Except that each heart had to be tediously hand cut to fit inside the depression after it was lettered! 

Good thing I purchased the Optisight Magnifying visor at Paper & Ink Arts recently.

 

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About Carol

A professional calligrapher for 30 years, I have hand written calligraphy in every size from business card to banners, including a full size reproduction of the U.S. Constitution. I specialize in Copperplate and elegant calligraphy for celebrations and parties. I stumbled into this art when my professor at Washington University told me "You could make money lettering." This was quite a surprise, as I had not seen any specific use of my talents beyond teaching children. As a result of designing my wedding stationery clients magically appeared. Balancing a family of four children and two big dogs with Bruce, my artistic time and available energy have varied considerably thru the years. Now I am happy to report that calligraphy is at the top of my activity list.

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