This piece utilizes newer volume control techniques. The center line vine form was done exclusively with chasing. This new method allows for substantially higher relief without the disadvantage of weakness at the juncture points. I am very pleased with what can be done. Cutting the open section out revealed that much more volume can be raised in each design segment without creating any weaknesses in the piece. This is very exciting.
This may be the most striking gold piece I have done to date. The design draws visual interest from a good distance away. Again, the addition of increased relief is important in high karat gold work because it fights the loss of detail in the metal’s reflection. I particularly like the shininess of the vine, and shine is something I often work hard to reduce. Chasing is about subtle surface detail; the use of various degrees of mat finish to make each design element stand out. The gift of higher and sharper edges between each element allows for the introduction of some brighter finishes. This, too, is very exciting.
The Chasing (Henry, you capitalize Chasing and Reposse inconsistently) I would suggest capitalizing them consistently. in this piece is very good. The basic smithing is well done with particular pleasure taken in the folding over of the silver along the edges of the piece. Good clean work all around. Working in the 20 mm format adds just a bit more room to design within, and strikes me as a pleasing size. I have yet to come close to maximizing what can be done in this space. I am as pleased with this piece as I can be.