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