Friday, March 27, 2020
TSII #457: Fixing Problems
Like most great model tack, this breastcollar is still teaching me lessons.
For starters, I really didn't like that little concave-arched concho under the center medallion. Here it is as we last saw it:
So I did.
Here it is before engraving. You can see the improvement in the overall shape.
Once engraved, the concho fit beautifully.
There is more going on here than just replacing one concho. See the upper right (offside) of the central piece? The slight bulge is an attempt to raise the leather and hide the gap between silver and tooled edge of its 'pocket' or indicated space. I've used the equivalent of repoussee, a silverworker's term for 'hammering from the back.' I suspect the more correct term is to 'just stick in a shim.'
Other problems included a gap between the near side of the central concho and its tooled leather pocket edge (I still don't have words for these things)(indicated edge?). Here I'm using the same idea of pressing from behind to bring up the surface.
Next is setting the conchos, that is, gluing them in and lacing them down. Can you believe I needed to re-learn to glue them first...?! This is where test-fitting them reveals that more tooling needs to be done. The next pair of shots shows the same pocket two different ways. I've cut wider lines and tried to tool the edges 'down and out' so as to better embrace the concho. The goal, as stated before, is to form a 'shadow line' around the silver edge, making it look as though the whole concho is sunk into the leather.
This really is only a small portion of the subjects I could blog on. Like so much else,
we'll just have to see what happens.