Incuse, chase (chasing), embossment?

Solle

Senior Member
Russian
Good day!

My question will concern two sub-themes I hope I can unite:

1. a metal art technique of making a relief on a metal sheet with a chisel;
2. a technique of making a standard pattern on a coin.

As far as I understood, incuse is totally applicable in case 2. Could it also work for case 1?
If incuse is bad for case 1, what other term is most understandable - chase (ing), embossment, or perhaps other (dictionaries are a bit confusing about the matter)?

Thanks for any help!

With best regards,
Solle
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    1. a metal art technique of making a relief on a metal sheet with a chisel;
    2. a technique of making a standard pattern on a coin.

    As far as I understood, incuse is totally applicable in case 2. Could it also work for case 1?
    Not according to our dictionary for incuse (a word I have not previously encountered in lo, these many years. I wonder whether anybody outside of the coin world actually uses it)

    Normally, "metal sheet" is quite thin. Depending upon the material, it might be "stamped" or "engraved."
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    I have also never seen the word "incuse" in my life. It must be a very rare word indeed.

    For the technique described in (1), I would use "embossed," "tooled," or "worked."
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    "Chasing" is fine for the first meaning. It covers both engraving (ie removing metal) and embossing (ie not removing metal).
     

    Solle

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Thanks a lot to all of you, dear forum colleagues! I now see incuse is out of question, while chasing or embossment may have a right to exist here
     
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