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My Attempt at repousse


Rojo Pedro

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Thanks Das. I just used an old stump for dishing and my anvil. It was a pain to keep from moving around. I will clamp it down next time

I may make a pitch bowl if I want to pursue this. It sure was fun to do and surprisingly easy

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Pretty good for just using a stump and anvil. I bet you could really get going if you made the pitch bowl. Plus the pitch would help it from moving around I would think. 

How many times did you need to anneal while working it?

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Got home a bit early and gave it another try. Spent about an hour and a half. annealed it once

now I really want to make some chasing tools and get some pitch

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I like the way the nose came out and was able to make some lips of sort

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Looks great for a first Pedro. It's lots of fun. If you get a pitch bowl keep an eye out for a small inner tube to make  the bowl holder. The "right" way is with a leather shot ring and filling it with lead shot is way stable but you can fill a small inner tube with rice or beans and have a decent holder that will hold the bowl at the angle you need to work from comfortably.

I did a little repousse on a cookie tin lid, it's deep draw steel and pretty malleable. I only tore through a couple small places, I didn't anneal soon enough.

Fun way to spend an evening.

Frosty The Lucky.

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  Have you done more Rojo?  Your faces inspire me.  I find them facinating.  Faces are the hardest thing for artists to capture.  I don't have that talent in any medium.

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Hi Nodoubt

I have a bit. I havent had lot of time lately. 

I did this mostly from the back on this wonderful sand bag my son in law made me. EEFB90CE-A593-407C-9855-8C8ECE1AD61C.thumb.jpeg.a26ff7303d5ff6335f2df36bbddd93ce.jpeg

I also bought a couple pounds of pitch but only got a few whacks in on one of the raised shell lines and one leg before it popped off.

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It was a fun experiment and I need to find the time to continue. Thanks for asking

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  Very nice!  It reminds me of Poe's short adventure  story, "The Gold-Bug".  A gold bug is dropped on a string through the eye socket of skull nailed to a tree to locate a buried treasure, IIRC.  :)  Keep it up!

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I spent the last couple days camping and I brought a bag of tools and made these guys

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I call them My Cheesy Moon and Sun Burn. 
 

was super fun to do and I learned a lot.   Heres my set up. 
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I tried to flame color the moon but the smoke kind of varnished it and I think its really cool looking finish. May try some steel wool to bring up some high lights. 
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I really like how the sun turned out. My  wife says his eyes bore into her sol. 
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so easy and fun that every ine should try it  thanks for looking

 

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You're getting good at repousse Pedro. Cheesy moon is a perfect name. The sun looks like a judge to me. 

In all the years I spent sitting around a camp fire forging things it never occurred to me that repousse would be more relaxing and as much fun. 

Frosty The Lucky.

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    I love them both but Cheesey Moon catches my eye.  Do you go to craft fairs or markets?  I bet those would sell.  Do you draw a pattern on the back?  I hope you continue on and post more pictures.  They are fun to look at!

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Mr. R. Pedro,

Wonderful work.

Think big,

Those artistic creations should be sold in art galleries, with a commensurate hefty price.

Especially if they were somewhat larger.

Just another thought from the, 

SLAG.

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Thanks for the kind words fellows. 

Mr.  Slag,  do you really think so? I just kind of considered it messing around. 
 

i said to my self that I would like to try a life size face and know my head is spinning a bit thinking about the possibilities.....hmmmm

Mr. Nodoubt, yes I drew it on with a sharpie first. The moon morphed a bit from the drawing like the butt chin my son recommended. I wish I had taken a picture of the suns drawing because it came out much closer to the drawing and what i had in mind

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Mr. R. Pedro,

Yes I know so.

the SLAG says.

Give it a shot.

Talk to someone knowledgeable in the art scene to get advice before you take it around to art galleries. (perhaps a professor at a local art school).

You do not want to be taken advantage of.

SLAG.

A larger size will transform you artwork from novelty to very serious art.

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  Thanks for the photo, Rojo, those help a lot.  I kind of figured you did but I'm thinking of trying my hand and wanted to ask.  I have other questions but I will do a little research and thinking first. 

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Anytime, here is a progress picture with the tools I used most. 
 

after getting the general shape dialed, I used the medium lining chisel, 2nd from left, and the little curved chisel  for 90% of the detail work. 
 

I found that I need to refine and polish my tools a bit as you can see the tooling marks
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Altoid and cookie tins are good to practice on and they're WAY cheaper than copper sheet. Brass is a LOT harder, it work hardens abruptly so you tend to get a LOT more breaks and punch throughs. I did the one below on a cookie tin lid, quite a while ago. It was relaxing, happy hand work. Very meditative. This was my first try, I didn't refine it more, there were too many cracks. The other couple were catastrophic failures.

Frosty The Lucky.

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