Laurei,Aye yai yai. Didn't know you had it in you.Hammers look bright, shiny and smooth. Pot, damn great reminder of action without brain engagement.So what, what better way to get it out and over with. Always more flat copper to be had.Love you,Terrie
HI - Just want you to know - I have been there - and "smashing' Can be very liberating - and usually the form can be retrieved and is often improved for the adventure!! But the main reason I am writing is about the issue of maintaining a level edge and trying to retain symmetry. What I recommend: Be more precise drawing concentric circles with a compass centered off the "belly button" (original center punch divet at the center of the disk when you cut it.) Use those lines ONLY as a guide for keeping your hammer face perpendicular to the edge of the vessel. other recommendations: 1.- cut interior & exterior templates of the contour of the finished form you are seeking - use them often to check the form. 2. For each course of raising - rotate the disk or form in opposite directions - this should prevent or minimize the tendency of the disk to spiral up higher on one side of the vessel.3. If you notice you have lost your "angle" or have a section of the vessel looking more flat or more steep - it is totally OK to do a partial raised course of just that section to bring the form back into the contour you want.Hope this helps - would love to show you some time. Your website & blog are very good!
Linda, Thanks for the comments. Yes, I was noticing that the vessel was not symmetrical. I do draw lines with a compass but this time the entire thing got away from me.
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