Once you purchase your engraving machine, you will need several types of engraving supplies, depending on your application, to help you engrave your finished product. Most engravers need an array of auxiliary engraving supplies to get the job done. For example, you’ll need various types of tapes and adhesives to help you hold down the product while engraving, and also so that you can apply the plates to finished trophies or plaques. Simple applications, like diamond-scratching jewelry, for example, do not require many additional engraving supplies, except for the machine and the actual diamond cutter. Other applications do require that you have several important engraving supplies on hand.
To create contrast on plaques or signs
When you engrave directly into solid brass, there is no contrast except for the depth of the brass engraving itself. To help give contrast, you can do a variety of things, like fill the engraved space with engraver’s enamel paint, or apply a chemical like Gravoxide (see below for information) to blacken the engraved area. Engravacolor sticks also work well with plastics or base metals. (see below for more information)
Holding down your material and affixing your product
Gravograph-New Hermes offers several mechanical ways to hold down material on Gravograph machines, like self-centering vice, t-slot table, vacuum tables, etc. There are times however that a simple piece of double-sided tape will do the job. To help you, we have an array of tapes and adhesives that will help you hold down your product, available in rubber, foam, and paper as well as interior and exterior grade. Don’t forget that you’ll need tapes and adhesives (Gravo-Bond is a great choice, see below) if you need to affix plates to finished products, for example affixing a brass engraved plate to a trophy or plaque.
Bonds plastic or metal to any surface. Use just a drop and it sets in 10 seconds. Gravo-Bond is a non-solvent based adhesive.
Gravo-Bond Adhesive 1 oz.
New Hermes Cement
For bonding plastics or metal to any surface. Brown cement is specially formulated to use with Phenolic.
Bond 634 - 3 oz. Tube
Clear Cement - 1 Pint Can
Brown Cement - 3.2 oz. Tube
Paint Fill Tool
For surface and subsurface paint fill applications. Engraved graphics and letters are color-filled with one pass.
Paint Fill Tool
Aloxide and Gravoxide
Aloxide and Gravoxide, the top 'must-haves' in engraving supplies, induce a chemical reaction to blacken engraved areas for a contrasting effect. Apply to engraved area and wipe surface clean. 3 oz. bottle.
Gravoxide for Brass*
*Edges of brass should not be exposed to Gravoxide. Not for use on gold-plated, hand-polished, and/or lacquered items.
For filling engraving in metal and plastic. Not recommended for use on Metallex. 1/2 pint cans.
For brushless color filling of plastics and base metals. When ordering Engravocolor sticks separately, specify part number and quantity for each color. Sticks are .8 oz.