And that is the ongoing challenge… I’ve worked with interior designers and received commissions for repousséd panels to inset into woodwork. I also have gotten commissions through other blacksmiths. I haven’t been doing it for a few years, so now I need to rebuild that kind of clientele.
I hope that by continuing to do the work, making it visible and well-tagged, that I will get fresh commissions through word of mouth.
In the past, I’ve had the best luck through word of mouth, getting other artists and customers to pass on my name and cards to their customers.
photos on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/knitsteel/sets/72157602185483704/
For chasing and repousse on a larger scale (not jewelry size) I typically use 18 or 16 gauge metal. In this case, the only bronze I have is 16 gauge. For most, but not all, of the larger shaping work, I use a pneumatic air gun with chisels that have been modified into large chasing tools. For the detail work, I use many of my own handforged chasing tools. I use a variety of hammers, a 13 inch pitch pot, and a few different pitch brands. I’ve just mixed them up over the years- Northwest Pitch, the red German pitch, and even some of Debra Montgomery’s Pitch it to You pitch.