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Home / Recent Work / Big Bill, 2017,Brass and Wood, 6.5" x 7.5" x 9" / Big Bill, how it was made 23
- 1. With a rough sketch to go by, I made this clay model.
- 2. The clay model was dipped in hot "Dip Seal" and pulled out.
- 3. The Dip Seal solidifies in a few seconds, and here the rubbery Dip Seal skin has been cut and removed.
- 4. Skipping over a couple steps, the Dip Seal skin was spread out on paper to make a pattern, which was traced onto 16 gauge brass sheet and cut out. Here you see the first step of forming, the head pushed out with a ball-end punch on the hydraulic press.
- 5. Moving the metal on the raising stake with the raising hammer.
- 6. What it looked like after the first stage of raising.
- 7. A little more forming on the bill, using the stake shown in the upper half of the picture.
- 8. The piece has been annealed, and now it's getting punched in the head for a second time.
- 9. What it looked like after step 8.
- 10. Second stage of raising completed.
- 11. Annealing again.
- 12. All the previous steps have been repeated a third time. Checking the angle with a gauge I set from the clay model.
- 13. Using a heavy planishing hammer on the neck on a curved stake.
- 14. Using the special tool on the left to push down both side of the bill at the same time.