Readers ask: How To Make Wood Engraving Stand Out?

How can I make my engraving stand out?

In order to get started with color engraving, there are two methods you can consider.

  1. Antiquing: This paint-like process is very simple yet effective if you want to just touch up your engraving and make it a bit darker in order for it to stand out.
  2. Enameling: Enameling is another way to do color engraving!

Should you stain wood before or after engraving?

Make sure that you stain and clear coat your wood before engraving.

How do you seal wood after engraving?


  1. To seal the wood surface, apply varnish (I used “Stays Clear” from Benjamin Moore) and let it dry.
  2. Laser engrave!
  3. Apply the same varnish in the gutter.
  4. Fill the engraving with paint!
  5. Carefully peel the masking tape.
  6. Some bleeding is ok!
  7. This is how it turned out!

How do you darken laser engraving on wood?

The standard approach to darkening laser engraving on wood is using a paint or color fill. However, over time, the paint or color migrates to the wood veins and canals creating a graphic mess. To counter this challenge, use some liquid shoe polish to darken your engraving. This is awesome if you need a higher contrast.

Can I laser cut stained wood?

Lighter woods, like cherry or maple, produce a nice contrast where the laser burns away the wood, while denser woods require more laser power to cut or engrave. When engraving stained wood, excess smoke and debris can be wiped off the surface of the wood with a damp cloth after engraving.

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How do you smooth out engraved wood?

Use your putty knife to scrape off the overflow of wood putty and create a smooth surface. You may find that you need to go back and apply more wood putty in certain places and repeat the putty knife scraping until you have a fully filled and smooth surface.

Can engraving be Coloured?

Color laser marking, or color laser engraving as it’s also known, is the process of adding color to an object that is being marked. You could, however, laser engrave a piece and then color laser mark it directly after.

What is a black engraving?

Niello is a black mixture, usually of sulphur, copper, silver, and lead, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal, especially silver. It is added as a powder or paste, then fired until it melts or at least softens, and flows or is pushed into the engraved lines in the metal.

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