Dish Of Eels
Copper dish with a raised and chased relief of several coiled eels, with inlaid gold eyes.
Materials and techniques
Copper and fine gold (24c). The dish has been hand raised with the feet sunk in a pitch block. The relief has been chased. I have been very interested in the surface texture retaining the course texture of the raising hammer in the body of the eels and the textures obtained from the plainishing chasing tool to emphasise the movement of the eels.The centre of the dish has been textured with a punch and the eyes of the eels have been inlayed with gold. The dish has been oxidised by heat treatment and then waxed.