Fine Chasing Tools and Pitch
Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:15 AM
I offer 4 sets of tools, a large and small standard set, and a large and small texturing set. All tools are hand made from A-2 tool steel heat treated in a kiln to a hardness of 60 hrc. Every tool is 5" long to accommodate larger hands, and to be more versatile than the standard 4 1/4" tools. Tools can be slightly altered to meet personal preference, although if altered make sure never to heat the tool over 500 degrees Fahrenheit or change the color of the tool. All tools have been sealed with wax. Texturing tools should be hit on a scrap piece to remove wax and fire scale from the head before chasing on an art piece.
My goal for the pitch is to make a quality domestic alternative to the German red. My pitch is made with all natural products in the USA. Pitch is very heat sensitive. Optimum working temps for the hard is 70 to 85 degrees, the same consistency can be achieved out of the soft 10 to 15 degrees cooler. The soft pitch can also be used at the same temperature as the hard to achieve high relief chasing. The two are mixable to achieve your desired consistency. They can also be mixed with the German red, if someone wanted to add volume to their existing pitch. I am selling my pitch in 2 pound containers, which is a bit easier swallow than having to buy 4.5 pounds of the German red. Another major selling point is volume. It takes well over 6 pounds of the German red to fill a deep 8" pitch bowl. It takes about 3.5 of mine to fill the same bowl.
A big thanks To Matt and MAF for keeping this place going!
Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:23 AM
"He who works with his hands - is a laborer,
He who works with his hands and his head - is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart - is an artist."
St. Francis of Assisi
Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:29 AM
Good luck! And very nice work, by the way!
Fine Metal Sculpture
Pitch It To You - Chasing / Repousse Pitch
Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:15 PM
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