Needle and Sgraffito Tools

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Needle and Sgraffito Tools


Needle and sgraffito tools are used to scratch through a surface to reveal a contrasting color. This technique, known as sgraffito, is typically practiced in plaster, in slip on ceramic pieces before firing, or even on stucco walls. Blick etching and engraving tools, needle tools, and sgraffito tools are studio essentials that have either metal, wood, or rubber handles.


Another useful tool is the clay drill, which allows artists to create many hole sizes with just one tool, and features a textured aluminum handle for a sure grip when hands are wet. Shop Blick for etching and drypoint needles and scribes, cleanup tools, embossing tools, and tool sets for intricate carving, cutting, and refinement.