First I went to Diane's house were we did some chasing & repousse together. We were working together back in August and I left my tools with her so she could continue to work on her piece while I was away on vacation. Diane continued to work on her cat and I started something that was on my to-do list - Chasing & Repousse on an Altoid tin. I actually used a lemon pastille lid first as there was no embossing on this one and it was slightly smaller lid. There are pictures at the bottom to show what I was able to do.
I have proposed/submitted this to Art Jewelry Magazine for my next article.
After that, I went to Deb's for her birthday party were everyone traded our "treasures" which were "craft" items we no longer wanted. I bought some beading and wire books but I came away with over a dozen ALTOID TINS and large "biscuit" tins too plus several dozen Art Jewelry and Lapidary Journal magazines.
SCORE one for Laurie !!!!! And many of these tins are not embossed so I don't have to planish the lids flat.
What I learned:
- I used a very fine liner so next time I will use one that is a bit broader and has rounded corners and maybe I won't punch through.
- Don't use a torch to burn off the left over pitch or you will get an oxide layer that must be sanded off.
- Since we had some low temperature tin solder, I tried to solder one of the cracks closed - that just made a mess.
- Using a 320 or 400 grit wet/dry sand paper can remove the oxide layer from the torch
- Try wax in lieu of pitch?
Still to Do:
- Use paint remover to get off the printing paint
- An actual Altoid Tin!
- Measure the metal thickness and determine what gauge it is.
- Chasing on the lid after the repousse is done.