TOP: This is one of the first boxes I segmented into 12 sections, in addition to exploring the effects of spiral lines as seen on both the top and bottom. The chasing quality of the twelve global sections is very good. I also played around with what I would call “coarse tool effects” on the outlying rim design element. The center spiral is okay, but I can see that there is much to learn about effective spiral elements. The edge design element might have been better if it were a bit wider.
BOTTOM: Very, very pretty. Good chasing work and the piece took on a very nice patina. The little central motif works out well as a focal point. I also particularly like the lower profile of the overall contour. When the box is sitting, it does not wobble at all, but, when placed on a table top, the whole box tends to move a bit looking for its center of balance, but no matter what, it comes to rest where it should.
SIDE: What can I say: it is beautiful. I am exploring the “simple cut” line more on this piece. There is no room for error on this type of chasing. Tools’ head angles and the actual angle of the whole tool becomes paramount when doing this work. The only additional repousse applied to the side was the twelve little triangular points, which incidentally