Gold Wire Inlay - Alain Lovenberg

Alain Lovenberg

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Here are some pics of the work in progress on my bench which I took yesterday to send to my customer.
Not yet finished but I can see the end! I'll post new pictures later.
 

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Alain Lovenberg

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Alain, I am looking again and again at your steel preparation work, and the tool you did the dovetails with. You chased the dovetails, which means that you removed no metal, is that right? I see grooves, or dark parallel lines, running between the letters. Do these lines have the dovetails in them, chased into both sides of the groove? Is this so there is no raised steel to poke through your gold work?

I am very curious, and so very impressed. Your work is killing me with its beauty.

Tom

Tom,

I have made a sketch, it's easier for me than to write in English.
The parallel lines that you see on the photos have been made by the "relevoir".
Chased successively on both sides as you see on the sketch (steps 1 and 2).
For wider surfaces to inlay it is better to cross the channels
in order to cover the ground with a kind of checker-work.
The steel is raised a little with this method but there will no pokes trough the gold if the wire is big enough to extend over them. When the gold wires are chased in the steel and well adjusted close together it remains to smooth the surface with a file, a stone, or a flat graver.
 

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