An adventure in metalsmithingFor the last few weeks I have been working on a much bigger project than usual, as much as anything to prove to myself that I haven't forgotten all the silversmithing I learned at college all those years ago.
I started with a few doodles which became a plaster maquette made from polyfilla which was all I had to hand.
Having carved the bird I cut a circle out of brass and started hammering it to shape..............
I dont have any proper stakes and had to nip out to B & Q for a substitute raising hammer as the one I bought years ago has disappeared.So armed with my small cross pein hammer and a variety of doming punches I began , here follows for those of you interested some photos of the results of the process of raising and forming follow in order. Click on the photos to see them larger.
|This is the basic raising for the underside of my bird.|
|Then refining the shape, narrowing the base and making the bowl deeper|
|Then I formed the neck and underneath of the tail, followed by a spot of planishing to smooth the finish|
|The top of the bird, basic forming done by hammering into a lead block, two flaps pulled round to encircle the beak|
|The two parts fitted together and feathery bits cut out|
|The beak made from copper is inserted to try the fit and more feather shapes cut in the upper tail|
I really enjoyed the challenge of making this and am I have to admit quite pleased with the finished article. What do you think of my LBJ? (bird watching term for unidentified small plain bird)