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Lapidary Art: Peridot Bank


Peridot Bank
This is the top view of the dragon with the ring in place. It's 4" across. To make the dragon, the sterling top was domed and then the dragon was formed using techniques called chasing and repousse. The metal is hammered with specially shaped tools to push the metal around making a 3/D image. The metal is worked from both sides, starting generally and then more detailed. The work is done over a substance called "pitch" with allows enough resistance for the metal to move but not lose it's form. It's a laborious and ancient method, but truly satisfying to do!



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