Intaglio - reverse engraving
Intaglio is a technique when you sculpt into the material instead of doing a raised design. The technique is called Reverse Engraving in modern language. It's done with a hand tool rotating engraver (like a Dremel or such with various tiny bits), and there are many examples coming from Russia and China, usually featuring roses and other floral patterns although the technique stem from ancient Greece.
A decade ago I bought a very beautiful silver pendant sporting a dark amber cabochon with a rose engraved in it. (I never liked amber but always been a sucker for roses..)
The rose looked so lovely and lifelike, and despite that I couldn't really afford it I bought the pendant. We were in a place called "The city of Roses" and I always been buying rose jewelry, so I couldn't help myself.
For years and years on end I wondered how this pendant was made and recently I found my beloved necklace again and started using it. I figured I might actually have the skill to make something like it now, and started to experiment with engraving in acrylics with my goldsmiths tools.
Also, now I'm trying to push past the mere rose pattern and take a walk on the wild side. Here be dragons, goldfish and skulls!
Water lily brooch with amber intaglio fairyfrog 13 2 Facehugger brooch leg detail fairyfrog 7 1 Facehugger Brooch Reversed Dissection fairyfrog 16 2 Facehugger silver brooch with amber carving fairyfrog 82 12 Alien Warrior amber carving fairyfrog 17 2 For the love of Alba fairyfrog 102 37 Burning Rose - amber reverse engraving - Intaglio fairyfrog 32 8 Fae Flower Maiden cameo intaglio. fairyfrog 9 5 Amber dragon egg fairyfrog 881 48 Leeroy 's backside fairyfrog 21 4 Leeroy the Welsh Red fairyfrog 93 13 Leeroy close-up fairyfrog 29 8 Leeroy Easter Egg fairyfrog 56 13 Naked Leeroy fairyfrog 56 4 Leeroy amber dragon egg work in progress fairyfrog 49 23 Leeroy the amber dragon in progress fairyfrog 69 14 Intaglio bead with roses fairyfrog 35 4 Paws Pendant fairyfrog 31 5 Valentime - intaglio pendant for Valentines fairyfrog 19 5 Valentime fairyfrog 26 2 Crysalis Moth fairy amber carving remake fairyfrog 15 2 Chrysalis Intaglio pendant-to-be fairyfrog 20 2 DAWN amber carving fairyfrog 37 21 Two Lovers rose intaglio pendant fairyfrog 45 5