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Old 01-24-2012, 07:53 AM
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Default Engraved Heron Brooch

Hi guys. Sorry I haven't been active for a while.

I have wanted to use a heron theme for some time. Inspired by one of my favorite herons in metal by the great Shoami Katsuyoshi ,I “borrowed” his design and am applying it to a fan shaped pin in shibuichi using shishiai-bori(below-surface relief), where all the relief is developed below surface.

The Katsuyoshi piece (round form photo) is takazogan (raised inlay) on a kogo(incense container) and is a fair bit larger. This sort of borrowing of successful designs, either from other metalworks or paintings, is not frowned upon in Japan. I think that as long as full credit is given where due, it is actually a tip of the hat to the original artist. I would, of course, never presume to pull it off as successfully as Shoami Katsuyoshi.

Kogo photo courtesy of Kagedo Gallery, Seattle.

I used shibuichi made for me by Phillip Baldwin.

It is an alloy of 70%copper/ 30% silver. The patina is the traditional Japanese niage.
Here is a link to a work-in-progress thread at Don Fogg's Bladesmiths' Forum:

The pin measures 72 mm wide and has an 18k gold bezel.
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