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Title:      Headdress.
General:    This Sterling Silver Headdress is hand forged, with a serpent
            head coming from the forehead.
Material:   Sterling Silver.
Method:     Constructed, Forged, Répoussé.
Finish:     Polished.
Mechanics:  The Serpent Head is Répoussé.
Designer:   Walraven van Heeckeren.
Craftsman:  Walraven van Heeckeren.

Price:      AUS $ 9000.00.


        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.



    FORGING is a method of deforming metal with a hammer on an anvil.
                In the case of Sterling Silver and the Karat Golds, this
                must be done COLD!  If a hot forging is attempted the
                precious metals will just crumble.  In their PURE form
                Silver and Gold will allow HOT forging, but there is no
                benefit to be gained.



              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.