Third in a series, this video features Bill Epps, a Mesquite,
Texas blacksmith, demonstrating some of the techniques for making
flower and leaf motifs for decorative projects. There are 5 leaves
and 5 flowers demonstrated, including several ways of cutting veins
into a leaf, folding and shaping the leaf form, and specific blossoms
such as a rose, a morning glory, a dogwood blossom and a calla lily.
Epps shows how to achieve surface texturing on leaves and petals
to give a more naturalistic finish to the product, and discusses
the merits of giving just the inference of a specific species, rather
than trying for exact replication. The use of the guillotine tool,
or top/bottom fuller, is shown. Applications for the individual
items shown are discussed, and the viewer is encouraged to find
his or her own ways of using these beautiful decorative details.
Skilled photography and editing, and a working knowledge of the
subject matter are evident in this video, as in all the others by
Love of Art Productions. The professional or hobbyist blacksmith
will want to add these techniques to his or her repertoire.