Wednesday was Repousse Without Pitch, taught by Richard Salley. I found that I really liked doing this. The tools that I made on Tuesday worked well, although I see that I need to make a few more. I did a bird in flight for my pendant.
Instead of pitch we used a non-hardening clay. Above is the pendant piece taped to my bench block for some more work on the outlining. The black is from annealing the metal with a torch.
Basically the design is outlined on the front, then turned over and placed on the clay where punches and other tools are used to move the metal into a relief. The backside is shown above.
Here I've finished the repousse and have patinaed the piece. I didn't have time to complete the pendant. In the corners you can see where I messed up the first stamp I tried and stamped over it. Probably I will cut all that off. It's a little big as is anyway. I did use one commercially made stamp to do the stippling in the background, and a small liner that Bren made. All the rest of the work was done using the tools I made in the tool making class.
Here I am doing some lining.
Bren is doing some lining. Bren did two pieces and colored them with the torch. She got some amazing color on them. I wish I had a picture of her work.