It feels like forever ago that I wrote the tutorial about chasing over air here on Hammermarks. (Looks like it was actually 4 1/2 years ago…) So do I still use this technique? Do I have work utilizing it that you can buy? Why, Yes, Yes, & Yes!
I’ve used this technique for a number of pieces’ overall texture which I then cut-up and reassemble, like:
or these two available through my website:
Perhaps you’d prefer jewelry…
So as you can see, chasing over air has been a technique that’s served me well.
Once you’re done with the turkey and the madness of Black Friday is over, it’s time for Small Business Saturday. This where your localized holiday shopping should begin. Along with my work at JAM Gallery’s Holiday Show, you can find my jewelry at this year’s Handmade Holidays 6 boutique show at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA.
Along with my jewelry, you’ll find a variety of fine craft from a number of local and regional artists, many of whom are members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen.
The opening is on Small Business Saturday (November 28th) from 1-4pm and continues through the season with Special Holiday gallery hours beginning November 28th. Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-4pm
Yesterday I was able to sneak in some studio time. I have a million ideas that I want to work on, so it was hard focusing on just one. I’m trying to finish up that sculpture I started in the Spring, so I decided that was what needed working on. (I did manage to squeeze in time to work on a pattern for the base of a larger bowl-like piece I want to start on soon, though.)
Basically what I have left to work on for this sculpture is the base. So I cut out the bronze to wrap around it and I FORGED NICKEL. Yes, that’s right, I FORGED NICKEL.
I cold forged 3/8″ rod using my sledge and a little anvil I have that bounced around a little during the process. I know, what is wrong with me? My forearm is asking that same question this morning. I admit, I didn’t overly forge it. Next I have to drill it and file it into shape. That won’t be too much fun either. Plus, no hammers.
I still need to finish the connectors for the base walls, rivet that rod onto the main pieces, attach the two pieces to each other, then set it all into concrete. This piece it full of complications for me, which is probably why I feel the need to start on that giant bowl-ish thing. I know exactly how to do that piece already!