Dragonfly Hobo Nickel Tutorial

I need a little timeout from the hummingbird skull reliquary

, so here’s the start of a fun Hobo Nickel with a gold dragonfly. I’m leveling out Jefferson’s head with a punch and abrasive stones, and beginning the engraving.

Inlaying a 24 karat gold dragonfly in a Hobo Nickel. Excavating

, undercutting and pounding the gold wire into the pockets. Next, I’ll excavate the background and stipple.

I’ve completed the background excavation with a tiny carbide bur in the Dragonfly Hobo Nickel (first image). The second image shows the completed background stippling. I’ll finish up with the details, signature and inking next time.

Here’s the finished Hobo Nickel…

Thanks for Looking!

Tom Sterling



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