Talking Seals

Happy Accidents

Happy accidents can occur when carving a seal and the blade slips unintentionally or the stone chips unexpectedly.

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Not Too Tight

Unless you’re working on a very hard stone I suggest you wrap your seal stone in a bit of cloth, tissue, or soft leather before you clamp it into your seal vise.

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The Best Model

As you learn to cut side inscriptions (邊款 biankuan) on your seal stone be sure to pick the best models to copy from.

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Name Seals

Name seals can have the family name only, the personal name by itself, both the first and last names together, an artistic name, or a name in combination with a phrase or picture.

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Sand Your Stone

There are several reasons why you should sand the face of your seal stone before cutting your design into it.

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