Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Percy the Repoussé Polar Bear

We continued to learn chasing and repoussé this week, working on our tutor's original demonstration piece, which was going to be a leaf. After our first, inexpert bashes on the back of the piece we could see an animal taking shape, was it an elephant or a rhinoceros? No, it's a polar bear! So, we changed the outline a bit on the chasing side, and Percy the Polar bear emerged. Click on the picture for a bigger view if you can't make out the shape.

There's an awful lot of cleaning involved with this technique. Here's Percy after the excess pitch has been heated off, but before the rest was removed with a brass brush. The rainbow colours are nice though.

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