Top: This is some very clean chasing: nothing exceptionally difficult, rather a good example of straightforward repousse work with clean, highly reflective chased surfaces. The thin cut lines on the outside of the design are to me the essential aspect of the whole. Prior to cutting in these lines, the overall effect of the top was unfinished, leaving the central design sort of floating in nowhere. Once they were cut in the entire effect was stronger. The finish on the twelve teardrop sections is really very good. Again I have overlaid very light and small tool marks over a smoothed chased surface, creating a pleasing glistening effect.
SIDE: This piece explores further the use of deeply cut lines segmenting the area into sections of stress-independent areas, then, utilizing the thickness of the metal, the creation of very slight curving of each section with VERY little repousse work, then the application of various surface finishes within each section. I do find this technique to be fairly easy, though the establishing cuts do have to be right. There is no repairing them, but it is a very time consuming process requiring very close attention throughout the process. The individual surface “curve” within each section is so close to actually being flat, it makes the need for close concentration essential.
BOTTOM: In some ways, I find the design on the bottom to be the prettiest part of the box. It represents some good solid chasing, with some well-placed critical cut lines to add a bit of risk.
OVERALL: The introduction of the double handle on the top worked out well. I was primarily dealing with the propensity of the single handles lids to scoop into the box when opened. The additional handle stops this from happening but also balances out the appearance very well. This box represents very little in the way of new ground but does completely satisfy my desire to do make beautiful little things. In some sense, it is very “traditional” in concept and execution: a good example of both personal taste and technical ability; highly representative of my work.