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Epekeina

The forging of an Epekeina bowl from a silver plate of 1 mm
with a diameter of 40 cm

Take a smooth silver sheet

 


First raise the silver

 


I raise the silver with a 375 gr raising hammer

 


Steadily I forge in circles, starting in the middle and working my way outwards

 


I anneal regularly, but not too often, or the silver will become brittle

 


I keep on raising the silver

 


I keep on raising the silver

 


I keep on raising the silver

 


Next I smooth out the bottom or side

 


And anneal again

 


Raising the inside and top

 


Now I shape the top and bottom.
The transition between the two must be fluid

 

 


The bottom, which will become the outside

 


I achieve this by raising the bottom

 


Now I am as good as done.
This bowl is not planished, just forged with a raising hammer.

 


An Epekeina as decorative bowl

 


An Epekeina as object

You can find the Epekeina and other silver bowls in Large Silverwork

 

 

International modelright applies to all pieces shown here.

Photos: Willem Tredgett