Moving Metal: The Art of Chasing and Repousse' by Adolph Steines
This book is a long overdue treat for jewelers, blacksmiths, bladesmiths, sculptors, and all artists of metalwork. It has information on chasing and repousse' in greater depth and detail than any other volume today available in the English language.
Painstakingly translated from German this text is a valuable resource for both the professional and the hobbyist. Adolf Steines is clearly a master metalworker who enthusiastically demonstrates his creativity, knowledge, skill, and experience.
The book thoroughly addresses the workroom, tools, materials, working surfaces (including carpeting and pitches), transfer of designs, sinking, raising, stamping, chasing, repousse' engraving, soldering, etching, as well as the coloring and protection of metal surfaces. Numerous examples of the author's works are illustrated including large scale doors, fountains, memorials, wall sculptures and portraits, as well as many delicate jewelry pieces.
A number of tricks and special techniques are described, such as using air powered hammers for forming and chasing. Profusely illustrated with very clear drawings and quality photographs of objects and procedures, this book is essential for the library of every serious artist working with metal.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
History of Repousse' What is Repousse' Materials
Other Copper Alloys
Steel and Stainless
Hammers, Punches, and Anvil
Support Materials - Carpet, Pitch, Lead, Plasticine
Design and Execution
Pressing into Foil
Copper Brass Steel Aluminum
Steel Copper Brass Aluminum,
Ceiling Light Fixture
Head of Christ
Reliefs for Doors
Forming with Air Tools
Relief for a Youth Hostel
A Village Fountain
Flamingos as Fountain Decoration
Applying Chemical Coloring (Patina)
to Copper and Brass
Black Patina on Brass
Black Patina on Aluminum
Copper Plating of Steel
Disposal of Waste
Waxing and Varnishing
Restoration using Antique Styles