Moon Metalsmithing

Turkish Work

      Using traditional Turkish tools and techniques, I use a small diamond-tipped chisel and small hammer to engrave lines into metal. Positive and negative space is created by chiseling slightly overlapping parallel lines. The lines are blackened with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol, black powder coating, and the inside shiny parts of fish scales, known as kamalak in Turkish. Finished pieces are either varnished to protect the copper finish, or tinned, for effect or for food saftey. Each piece represents tens of thousands of hammerstorkes.