Historically, the many well-known icons of the Virgin Mary included hand tooled pewter and silver halos. For iconographers today, saints with halos embellished in pewter is still a thriving art form in many countries, especially in Mexico. Inspired Byzantine iconographers use metal foil for embossing pewter, chasing and engraving to accent sacred art. Valentin Gomez and Mary Jane Miller’s new How to book for Embossing Metal: Templates and Beginner Techniques is perfect.
For tooling pewter foil this book is an essential resource. Russian and Greek iconography employ countless elaborate design styles. We offer the book as guidance, it is a collection of icon templates for those devoted to traditional fine craftsmanship. Beautifully embellished halos have been a Byzantine iconographical legacy and tradition for centuries.
Easy and inexpensive to
learn how to Emboss Metal
My new book is geared towards those of you in the iconography community interested in creating your own silver halos. The first section of the book discusses tools, supplies and technique. Tools and metal foil sheets are all you need to create beautiful designs. Each tool has its own character and purpose to help you press from the back to the front and flatten raised areas that get distorted. As you learn to refine the edges of your patterns, you will add a few more tools to accommodate increased skill. Embossing Metal is a how to book offering a place to begin and inspire you to go further with your practice.
After describing the tools and supplies, I give you basic techniques, step-by-step, to teach yourself how to create borders and halos. Embellishing your icons is fun and easy. The process is simple, and only requires investing hours of focused practice. Ten hours of practice is enough time to sense and feel the amount of pressure required to make fluid designs and texture. Experimenting brings the best results in no time. The book will increase you skill enough to create beautiful work for embellishing your icons.
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