Susan, I'm sorry this reply took so long, but I am interested in
a discussion on anticlastic raising also.
As would I! (If I can be permitted to stick my $0.02 in) I’m a
’newbie’, though, and might have some rather basic questions.
I'm now using it to
make a bracelet out of a strip of 16 gauge brass. I hope to try
silver as soon as I get the technique down. What kind of
material do you use for a stake? I'm using a block of hardwood
that my teacher shaped into a curve on the top. It works pretty
good, but I heard that nylon blocks work well also (and last
Seppa is recommending a high-tech nylon, filled with carbon
fiber, I think. He doesn’t seem interested in retaining stakes,
but reuses them frequently after regrinding. I think he may be
missing the need for us newbies to repeat forms until we get it
Eventually I'd like to make smaller pieces, like
earrings, pins, pendants.
Look for the jewelry of Michael Goode, a student of Seppa’s, in
up-scale jewelry stores. It looks as if it is stake hammered,
despite the size!
Do I just make a stake with a few
smaller curves carved into it? Is this technique the same as
hollow forming? Questions!Questions!Questions!
If you haven’t seen “Form Emphasis for Metalsmiths” by Heikki
Seppa, 1978, Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, ISBN
0-87338-212-9, you might find it a good read, if a trifle hard
to understand in places. The explanation of terms (That were
likely invented by Seppa) is good, after a bit of reflection.
Difficult, but worth it, is a good summation!