I found it difficult to make smooth letters with the Micro
Engraver. Once the tip touched my cuff, I felt the need to move the tool
quickly, otherwise my letters seemed wavy. And I couldn't quite tell how much
pressure was appropriate--a fairly light touch seemed to do the trick. Both of these
situations could easily be remedied with more practice.
The other challenge I had was applying too much
patina ink the first time, dabbing it onto all of the letters using a paint
brush. Once the ink had dried, it was nearly impossible to remove all of it from
the non-engraved areas of the cuff. So on my second try, I simply placed a dot
of ink on the first letter (straight from the bottle), then used a paper towel
to spread the ink to the remaining letters, allowing for a much lighter application.
This time it was so much easier to buff off the dried ink using the metal reliefing block!
I encourage you to give it a try! Having the tool allows for
endless possibilities in customizing your jewelry with whatever your imagination