Western Park Sheffield
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Transvaal Memorial to fallen soldiers in many Victorian Wars over the British Empire
||Repaired scrolls and lost sections of repousee leaves.
||Jason punching repousee and annealing work to prevent cracking.
||Table saw with finished new buds, leaves and new cast bronze scroll work.
||Finished scroll work and buds
When first asked to price this work we where a little perplexed to we would master repousee. Having a
positive attitude we embraced the work with great enthusiasm which proved lacking and we soon
discovered it was no substitute for the hard slog of learning the new skill.
Jason purchased the required Repousee' Tools which are much larger than jewelery tools and began to
learn this new skill. Firstly Repousee means from the rear i.e; punch in reverse which takes some time to
get ones mind set adjusted. The branch scroll Patterns were made in MDF for the bronze foundry to be
cast in gunmetal as G1L as the foundry had no G1L so a small amount of lead added in the cast adds
for more elasticity in the bends. The extra annealing was required to compensate.
To replicate undamaged leaves was easy as we made a pattern off the undamaged piece, it was
figuring out the pattern making required to reproduce the missing pieces and what they should look like.
It was Trial and error until it was developed into a usable skill, with a little natural artistic flair
Obviously we had no bench mark to price this work, but we put this down to experience as the price for
the work for was as great as both our knowledge and skill at the time. Knowing all that we would not have
missed this project even though it was a financial disaster. The waxing and installation of the monument
the supporting posts was done on site by the main contractor.
New arch scrolls repousee leaves new
crown Fleur de leys Pattee' Cross in
cast bronze as the stigma in the York
Half finished Memorial with relief
panels scrolls removed for restoration,
and fitting of scrolls and repousee
Finished rear side of the Memorial
showing the restored Lion head
mounted on the eternal flame base with
central collects to mount 2 x Union
Flag's below the side flames above top
rails all restoration by AJB
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