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Welcome to Pewter Studio

Hi my name is Debbie. Just over 4 years ago I was in the unfortunate situation of being retrenched. (Or should I say fortunate?) While idling at home I saw a TV show on Pewter Relief Modelling and decided to give it a go. Well . . . the rest is history !!

With a profession in Marketing and Graphic Art I love to be creative and pewter gives me the outlet I need. It is relaxing and therapeutic and I am able to complete a project in a relatively short space of time, which suits my need for quick gratification.

I run my studio from home in Edgemead, Cape Town.

Pewter Relief Modelling

Is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal, like pewter is ornamented or shaped by working from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing or relief modeling.

While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work. The techniques of repoussé and chasing utilise the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated. It should not be confused with the casting of hard pewter for vessels, cutlery etc. Pewter Casting is the melt down of hard pewter that gets poured into prepared moulds. A well equipped studio is needed for casting pewter.

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