|©2015 Barry Smith - Daisy?|
I intended to work on a flat piece of metal and a bowl. I decided to use a silver-plated piece of EPNS that was the inner part of the base of a bowl (about 5-6cm in diameter); and the bowl part of a trophy cup (silver-plated brass) (about 6cm in diameter) - both in pretty bad shape.
Normally metalsmith work on a pitch pot when they are doing chasing (hammering from the outside) and repose (hammering from the inside or backside of the work). But the pitch is a little toxic. I had a vague memory of someone using beeswax so I thought I'd give that a go. So the first thing today was to create a wax pot and fill the 'bowl' I would work on with wax. Fiona's wax-wok was borrowed for this purpose. Photos of wok; and wax filled bowl follow.
I need to melt more wax and fill the wax pot but it served its purpose today.
|©2015 Barry Smith - Daisy design on the bed of wax ready for work|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Early stages of chasing|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Some chasing and repose on the wax bed|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Polished daisy piece - front|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Polished daisy piece - back|
I did not have a lot of time on the bowl; but you can see I have made a start on a series of freeform leaves that radiate from the base. I'm liking how the leaves and stems are standing out in relief.
|©2015 Barry Smith - Wax filled bowl on a sand bag - chasing hammer and tools on the left|
|©2015 Barry Smith - The leaves and twigs begin to emerge|
Fiona has a grand curry made - so I'm off to enjoy that with a glass or two of white.