Earlier this year I took a workshop ( my second) given by Candace Beardslee at Pratt Fine Arts Center. She teaches chasing and repousse using small Japanese chasing tools called dashitagane. My experience this time was that I was finally getting the hang of using these tools, and I love them.
Dashitagane are small steel tools that give me the ability to do things with chasing and repousse that I could never accomplish with the usual chasing punches and tools. For me, that means making small lines, shapes, and textures: more refined and delicate and “intended” than with other chasing tools.
This time, inspired by the amazing work of Julie Blyfield, I started with an idea about making something I thought I’d really like (for a change – I’m usually not too fond of a lot of flat chasing and repousse pieces, especially beginners’ work like my own).
I really didn’t know where this piece would end up. In fact, where it ended up wasn’t revealed until the last “fold”. The picture above shows the pattern I started with, in a flat sheet of copper (probably 22 gauge). Below is the result. A small, rounded object, folded and shaped, lots of texture inside and out. It’s about an inch and a half in all directions (4cm). Feels good to hold, feeding ideas for other things…..