SHOW: Broach 03

Title:      Broach
General:    This is a baby WOMBAT broach.
Material:   Sterling Silver.
Method:     Répoussé.
Finish:     Polished, Furred.
Designer:   Walraven van Heeckeren.
Craftsman:  Walraven van Heeckeren.

Price:      AUS $ 500.00.


              Répoussé is a method of sheet metal forming
                        where the metal is placed on a bowl of softish
                        pitch.  The metal is then hit down into the pitch
                        with smooth punches.  If the desired result needs
                        greater depth or more refining, the work may be
                        turned over and worked from the other side.  The
                        pitch supports the metal where it is not being hit,
                        and in this way three dimensional shapes of great
                        depth can be achieved.

                        Some confusion exists in the English speaking
                        world, because the word "CHASING" is used for two
                        different techniques.  In German the word for
                        chasing, is zisellieren, or chiselling. The object
                        to be decorated is placed on a quite hard "chasers
                        pitch", and is then worked with small cutting
                        punches.  the look is somewhat like engraving.



        The Wombat  is the marsupial equivalent to the European
                        Badger, and the North American Ground Hog.



        FURRING is achieved by using a rat tail file sideways.  In
                        this way the file leaves "furry" parallel grooves
                        in the surface.



        STERLING SILVER is a binary Silver alloy consisting of:
                        925 parts/1000 Pure Silver and
                        75 parts/1000 Pure Copper.
 Annealing temperature: 750 degrees Celsius.
   Melting Temperature: 950 degrees Celsius.