After the lines were marked and deepened with a file I started carving metal with a graver. I use mostly flat gravers for this kind of work.
This is about as deep as I am going to carve, it didn't take long to get to this point, but there is a lot of polishing and refining left to do. Most of the time I spend on the piece will be doing that sort of thing. The piece is held with Jett Sett.
This is the back of the piece. I am going to engrave something on the back, but I have not decided on the pattern yet. I will probably carve the same pattern that is on the front, but not as deep.
Looks finished in this photo, but there is still more refining to do around the edges of the scales.