HI Anna!, you have a couple of choices, one: depending upon the
thickness of the metal you are forging, either stamp the back
FIRST, before you forge, unless of course you are really forging a
whole new form and will be thinning or thickening the metal. two:
Try supporting the surface of the piece upside down in that
black sticky stuff, I have in a metal low bowl. Can’t remember the
name, but asphalt? Someone out there can tell me the name of it.
Cover front of piece with vasoline, heat slightly to warm
it, set piece into it, cool. This may take some time, but it will
firm up and support the piece well, then lightly tap the die, make
some tests on scrap until you get the feel of the weight of the tap
to make the impression, without it coming through on the front.
Then use a soft flame to very lightly heat the piece, and it will
separate from the asphalt. If any of the black stuff sticks to the
surface, clean with napthaline. I understand the problem, and
didn’t have Orchid around to help me figure this out. Pat
The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.
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