A comprehensive photo tutorial from Master Goldsmith James Miller, illustrating the processes involved in making a metal leaf.


First decide on the leaf shape, draw it onto the metal and pierce out the basic shape,
The using a straight line punch and a lead block, tap in a central vein. The with a shaped hammer start shaping the first half side of the leaf from it’s rear, hammering alongside the hump of the central vein.






Repeat the shaping hammering on the other half of the leaf rear, then hammer the point of the leaf, from it’s front to slightly turn up the point and add some life to the leaf shape.







Now you have the basic leaf shape, it is time to planish the leaf front and tidy up the final shape, to do this secure a doming punch in a vise, use a punch that has a dome close to the shape of the leaf dome, then gently planish the whole surface.






The planished leaf is now ready for a rough polish, before texturing, I used a dome punch in my flexshaft hammerhead for this texture, then I used a bright cutting scorper the add the final veins.






James Miller FIPG

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