Engraving Elaborate Flowers on Coins
UK-based artist, Shaun Hughes, is one of the best and most widely known hobo nickel engravers. If you’re wondering what the heck hobo nickel is; it’s a traditional sculptural form of art that involves transforming small currency coins into various works of artworks. Hughes blows us away with his personally distinctive style that involves engraving meticulous floral pattern on these coins.
This form of art was widely practiced in the 18th century, and now Hughes is part of an increasing group of modern engravers, who have revived the art form after its decline Having chosen the floral scrollwork as his area of specialization, Hughes twists and creeps into the backgrounds of the coins with fine lines that give them a captivating depth.
His attention to details and high level of precision not only give these currencies a new form of balance, but also turn the coins into fine pieces of art, almost akin to an exquisitely done tattoo. In the final results, Hughes ensures that the coins’ surfaces are not fully filled so as to allow the eye to appreciate his engravings, as well as the pre-existing lines of the currencies.
Hughes is glad to share the process on his YouTube Channel with the pictures available on Instagram. Take some time and watch as he shows us a mesmerizing trasformation.