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repousse

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Fri, 24 Apr 2099 21:32:06 -0400


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Repousse (ray-poo-say) is from the French term repousser meaning to =
beat back.
Repousser, to push back: re-, back, and pousser.
1. formed in relief, as a pattern on thin metal beaten up from the =
underside.

2. shaped or decorated with patterns made in this way.

3. hammered metal

The process has become easier with the introduction of aluminum sheeting =
which is more malleable than heavier copper plates which required =
annealing with high heat for working on sandbags with ball pein hammers. =
Time consuming and tough to do. Tooling foil works best with gentle, =
gradual working from the back. Working it too rapidly will cause =
splitting in the metal. I have students work on old magazines to give =
them a soft surface so the metal can be raised into a higher relief. =
Texture and pattern are the last step. Students often flip the foil =
over to work more detail into the surface. Once done it needs support =
from the back, such as plaster, white glue (dries slowly) or oil based =
clay. I lay the work on the kiln while firing to melt oil clay or old =
wax crayons. Anything that will stabilize the relief surface.

Hope this helps. Linda K. in Iowa

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Repousse (ray-poo-say) is from the French term=20 repousser  meaning to beat back.
Repousser, to push back:  re-, back, = and=20 pousser.
1.  formed in relief, as a pattern on = thin metal=20 beaten up from the underside.
 
2. shaped or decorated with patterns made = in this=20 way.
 
3.  hammered metal
 
 
The process has become easier with the = introduction=20 of aluminum sheeting which is more malleable than heavier copper plates = which=20 required annealing with high heat for working on sandbags with ball pein = hammers.  Time consuming and tough to do.  Tooling foil works = best=20 with gentle, gradual working from the back.  Working it too rapidly = will=20 cause splitting in the metal.  I have students work on old = magazines to=20 give them a soft surface so the metal can be raised into a higher = relief. =20 Texture and pattern are the last step.  Students often flip the = foil over=20 to work more detail into the surface.  Once done it needs support = from the=20 back, such as plaster, white glue (dries slowly) or oil based = clay.  I lay=20 the work on the kiln while firing to melt oil clay or old wax = crayons. =20 Anything that will  stabilize the relief surface.
 
Hope this helps.  Linda K. in=20 Iowa
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