Timelapse Of Carl Sagan Portrait Being Etched In Granite

July 17, 2013


This is a timelapse video of Peter from Slovak Handmade Lab etching a Carl Sagan portrait into a piece of black granite. Carl Sagan not your thing? There's also one of him doing Heath Ledger's Joker. They're both really impressive. So impressive I've decided I want Peter to etch my gravestone with a picture of me. Except way more handsome. As a matter of fact, just use Ryan Gosling. Yeah, and I want the inscription to read, 'Drive'. No, no, no -- 'The Notebook'.

Hit the jump for the videos.

Thanks Peter, but I've changed my mind, now I want a picture of Trodgor and 'The Burninator' on my headstone.

  • Strong Bad

    Nice Homestar shout!!

  • bung

    Etching requires acid. They're engraving (just like the YT video title suggests)

  • MacCaskill

    Aren't we knowledgeable?
    A common 'etchant' is ferric chloride, which is NOT an acid but a metal salt. And 'etching' is usually done on metal plates, too. 'Engraving' is normally cutting metal with 'gravers'.
    More properly, this is 'stippling' with a diamond or carbide point. This is quite similar to the pen and ink technique of stippling in that one builds up a picture from a myriad of tiny dots. It's just a matter of borrowing existing terminology for a field where none of it's own exists.
    Don't get your panties in a wad.

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