Monday, April 22, 2013

Return to Repoussé

This is an example of my repoussé work, a process of forming  flat sheet metal by supporting it on a bed of pitch and working it with small punches. This piece is hollow, worked from the back and front, through many stages of annealing and hammering.

I gave it up for a while, because the black pitch I used produces noxious fumes when burned off. With some good alternatives to black pitch on the market, I'm keen to return to it.