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Chasing and Repousse

Jewelry makers use chasing and repoussé techniques to add ornamental relief to metals. Our articles cover procedures, tools, and design tips.

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The Goldsmiths: Studio & Shop

Reviving the virtually dead enameling technique plique-à-jour, which means “the light of day as seen through a membrane,” has been a challenge to Jean Sampel and Susan Noland since the late 1960s. Their interest in this technique,…

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Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Metalwork

Quoting the scholar, Nyozekan Hasegawa, Masataka Ogawa Calls Japan the country of “the culture of hands.” Over the centuries, no hands have been stronger or more skillful in carrying on the traditions of distinguished craftsmanship…

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The Seven Korean Metalsmiths

Five thousand years of Korean goldsmithing was interrupted from 1913 to 1953 due to the Japanese invasion and the Korean War. In looking back, goldsmithing or metalsmithing programs in Korea’s colleges and universities formerly…

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John Killmaster and “The Quickening”

In the early 1980’s, I made a drawing based on the theme of transformation, a sudden, intuitive grasp of reality – an epiphany. When it came time to make a new enamel to enter in the Enamelist Society exhibition “Surfacing,”…

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How to Make a Bas Relief Bowl

This article, written by Dottie Wood, shares photos and step by step procedure on how to make a bas relief bowl. Read on for more details. I borrowed a kiln which had a controller that I could not figure out how to change the settings, which was for…

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Thai Chaser Tool Tricks

I was recently in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, where I spent a month visiting silversmiths and chasers to document their work. The city is teeming with chasers, and there are whole temples covered in metalwork. The chasers work mostly…

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How to Make a Chasing or Forming Tool

We are assuming you are using W1 water hardening square stock drill rod, W1 tool steel. Many suppliers will sell W1 tool steel. It is often called drill rod (In England ‘silver steel’). It should be square for less work in tool making, but round…

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Basic Chasing Tools

As well as being used for chasing they may also be used as punches to make textures. A stamp or texturing punch can be struck onto an annealed blank tool to get a negative impressions of its end. Each texturing tool can then produce its own negative.…

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Goldsmithing: Pitch Options

Pitch is used all over the world by goldsmiths and silversmiths to hold metal in place while working it with hammers, punches or chisels. It should be hard enough to fill the requirements of the chasing work done on it. Most chasers will therefore…

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Ornamental Chasing and Repousse

Working on the front of the piece only is called chasing. Repousse is the combination of tracing the design on the front of the piece using liners (tracers), raising a relief by pushing from the back using different punches, and finally working…

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Goldsmithing: Repoussé and Chasing

The terms repousse and chasing are often confused and not without good reason since the two techniques are often worked together. One might as well think of ‘slipping and sliding’ to realize how difficult to establish a clear definition…

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Safety Notes for Jewelers on Pitch, Chasing and Repousse

An ancient system of working metals, this procedure uses steel punches to manipulate the metal while it is fixed onto a pitch or tar-like material. There are traditional pine-resin pitches and modern petroleum-based ones. The petroleum-based…

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Pitch Bowls and Alternatives for Jewelers

Chasing and repousse is carried out on various surfaces using steel punches to strike and manipulate sheet metal or cast objects. Flat pattern chasing or stamping sheet metal can be done on an anvil, or the bottom of an old iron which makes an…

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Japanese Chasing Tools

Japanese chasing tools are made from steel blanks available in Japan called tagane. Japanese chasing hammers are lightweight with long straight handles and smaller faces than European styles. They balance beautifully in the hand and are…

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Beginner Coin Carving Episode 4

A simple method to start hand engraving/carving. Simple tools,and easier method to learn to hand engrave. Carve coins,and you can sell what you make from the very first day.

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CORNUCOPIA

METAL CORNUCOPIA CUERNO DE LA ABUNDANCIA EN METAL…

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Making of Carnival dancer pendant – Part 1

5 cm diameter round pendant, showing a beautiful woman dancing at Carnival in Brazil. 18k white and yellow gold , with colored enamel, yellow, green, blue, BRASIL colours, in fact … Handmade hollow jewelry.

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Eastern Repouss and Chasing DVD preview

A preview of the DVD, Eastern Repouss and Chasing, the latest in the instructional series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, available at VictoriaLansford.com…