Baran Mickle

Bill Baran Mickle Metalsmith 98110

Bill as Silversmith

Bill as Silversmith

Sample of the Silversmith process. (Incredibly compressed)

Raising: Flat sheets of metal are formed by blows of the hammer in rows (circles) over steel or wooden stakes, compressing (or stretching) the metal toward a specific form. After one complete
“course” (rows all the way to top), the metal form is softened (annealed) and the next “course” continues moving the metal up and in. This is tangentially similar to “throwing” a ceramic vase
from a lump of clay. Moving the metal is very slow. Each “course” can only move the form between ¼ and ½ inch inward, upward, before annealing the entire metal form and starting a
new course upward.

There are many types of hammers to move the metal in directions, surface treatments, etc. not unlike different paint brushes.

Plannishing: Once the desired form is achieved, and a smoother final surface is planned, the same process is performed for plannishing. The hammers for this are either flat or slightly curved plannishing hammers. Light taps overlapping gently in courses until desired surface is achieved.

Again, the process is very slow.

Silver bowl for competition, the “21st Sterling Design National,” 1980* “
Torso Bowl”. Sterling silver with applied strips of brass, copper.

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