One of the most popular myths with etching and engraving, is that if you don’t begin before age 30, you can forget it. Some cite the inability for older individuals to learn as the reason for this, while others will touch on the fact that your eyes are unable to see any kind of precision to detail because of age.
I’d like to call balderdash on this. Why? Because I was in my late 30s before I began engraving. I had no problem learning the tricks of the trade and I think the drive and the passion I had to learn helped me to excel. Granted, technology has allowed us to do so much more in the world of engraving than ever before, that some of the concerns that were once there are gone today.
Part of this perhaps deals with the type of engraving that you are interested in doing. I personally prefer laser etching because it delivers a cleaner and a beautiful finish. As long as you are able to effectively use the programs that are associated with the laser, you shouldn’t find any issues at all.
I think when you’re looking at etching or even engraving, you need to definitely keep this in mind.
Now that we’ve got the age myth out of the way, what would help to make someone successful in engraving? Well, there are a few important things I’d point out.
It Takes Patience
If you are the kind of person who is always in hurry and needs to get something done yesterday, you aren’t going to enjoy engraving. While time lapsed videos online will make the process look like a project is done in a couple minutes, it likely took hours to complete. That is assuming you don’t run into a concern like an air pocket that can completely demolish what you’re working on and you have to start over again.
Be Committed to Engraving
Whether you are interested in engraving or etching is irrelevant. If you want to succeed, you need to be committed to the process. Too often, people will pick up something that looked interesting, realize there is work to learn how to do the process, and quit. If that sounds like you, I wouldn’t recommend even getting into the craft. It takes time, experience, and trial and error in order to succeed. But if you are willing to go through the education and take the time to learn, then engraving is an incredible and profitable business for you to get into.
Try a Course Designed for Beginners First
While you’re not going to be doing elite projects, a beginners course will give you the background you need to create a beautiful series of items that will get your feet wet. As you go through the class you’ll have a better understanding of the process and you can determine if it is a match for you.
Don’t Do It For The Money
I have to stress this point in engraving often. People find out how much people will charge for engraving and they get dollar signs in their eyes. Unless you have started a thriving business, you are unlikely to make a large bank roll out the door. Instead, take a step back and realize that if you are willing to work and view it as a hobby first, you’ll make more money in the long run.
Never Assume You Know It All
Finally, never assume you know everything about engraving. I’m still learning new things and having new experiences. This is important to remember. Be open to the new information people present you. Even if it seems strange at first, you’ll often find that the little tips and tricks you learn along the way. Fortunately, you have Bob Blogs Engraving to help you learn some of those things.