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Home / Recent Work / Surprise, brass repousse and chasing, piece of wild cherry tree. 5" x 7" x 4" / Surprise, how it was made 34
- 1. Starting with an oval piece of annealed 16 gauge brass sheet for the head.
- 2. shaping the head with the hydraulic press.
- 3. Using raising techniques to bring up the sides. This is actually more difficult to do on a small piece like this than on one several times as big.
- 4. Annealing. These first three steps had to be repeated several times to get the head small enough.
- 5. A few steps later, showing a punch and the results of using it with the hydraulic press to push out the nose.
- 6. More forming to get the curve correct.
- 7. Finally, after seven stages of punching and raising, the sides have come around enough.
- 8. Punching out the nose to get the proper shape, using a sand bag.
- 9. eyes punched in some from the outside, and a small hole drilled for the mouth.
- 10. I used a tapered punch to push out and enlarge the mouth from the inside.
- 11. pushing out some areas of the face that need it.
- 12. The hollow form has been filled with micro-crystalline wax.
- 13. By partially melting the wax on both surfaces, the face is adhered to a wax base.
- 14. The repoussé part (Pushing the metal out from behind) having been done, it's time for the chasing (pushing the metal in from the outside).
- 15. More chasing, forming the area around the mouth.