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Repousse work another definition

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Carrie Sutton (CSutton)
Tue, 04 Aug 1998 11:37:20 -0800

Another definition taken from a dictionary of art.

Repousse work

Relief decoration on metal especially silver, brass and copper, produced by hammering from the under side so that the decoration projects. Repousse technique was among the first to be developed by the metal worker. Some very fine examples exist from as early as C.1500 BC.

There are examples of Scythian animal reliefs in the Hermitage collection in Leningrad.

>>> "Louise Lutton" <> 12/29 4:14 PM >>>
Try different tools for repousse such as nail setters, ballpoint pens with
the inner pen part removed or screw drivers. They give quite a different
variety of texture to the foil. Also that liquid shoe polish that comes
with a sponge top does very well to finish off. Buff lightly with steel
wool to highlight areas. There is some African art that uses interesting
animal themes for repousse but I can't remember who/where.

Also I noticed Texas is back in school. Any exciting, stimulating
elementary first lesson ideas from you Tex teachers???
thanks, louise

I've done repousse with my 7th graders and they have really enjoyed it.
I've used animals as the theme and put emphasis on texture for the
Using a variety of tools they experiment on different textures they can
on tooling copper. They choose a texture that will create a background that
will be appropriate for the animal. The students get nice contrast between
smooth puffed out animal and the textured background. We antique the
background with india ink. Sometimes there is trouble getting it to stick
(even after roughing up the surface and washing it off) but generally it
the job. The final piece is finished with a coat of acrylic spray and
on black tagboard.
As far as the Roseart supplies go--yuck. I feel the quality is poor- dry
fast and poor color.