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Re: General Info on Copper Tooling

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Virginia Rockwood (wckdstpm)
Thu, 05 Mar 1998 21:28:19 +2610

My students enjoy working with the copper repousee technique. The
process I teach closely matches that of Fran's. I've got some more
considerations and ideas. Wrap the edges of the copper with 1/2 inch
masking tape to eliminate cuts (the edges are really quite sharp.) Work
(push) the copper slowly to minimize rips and maximize depth. Do work on
something soft such as a hunk of newspaper or a magazine. Press out
wrinkles directly on the hard table surface (although wrinkles can look
pretty neat.) Avoid designs with tiny details. Cut spaces (negative
shapes) into the metal;this opens up the possibility of weaving into the
work or if creating masks, attaching lengths of raffia and beads, etc.
Use permanent markers or colored plastic glass stain to add areas of
transluscent color. If the liver of sulphur doesn't work evenly, finger
grease my be acting as a resist. We use whiting to degrease the copper.
If there is a lot of "height" in the work, we have filled in the space
with plasticene (other materials may be more appropriate since
plasticene is so greasy) to help eliminate unwanted denting. They can be
nailed onto wood for display. I staple them easily onto mat board and
bulletin boards.

One of my 8th grade classes (studying the European Middle Ages) just
finishing tooling book covers after looking at jewel encrusted tooled
silver Bible covers. They tooled small cups into their covers into which
they glued those stained glass "globs" to simulate jewels. Pretty

If anyone has any more ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Ginny Rockwood
Brattleboro Area Middle School
Brattleboro, VT

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