This technique is called Repousse (should be an accent grave over the last “e”). A French word literally meaning, “to push back.” This is a method of pushing, hammering from the back side of the copper metal sheet creating a relief of my design. The copper has been annealed or softened and made malleable in order to be able to hammer my design, impressions and is supported by a bowl of pitch. After many hammerings with special small metal tools (some that I made) the molecular structure of the copper begins to harden and annealing is needed to soften the copper again by applying heat. It’s a long process and the more intricate the design more time invested. The reverse of repousse is called “chasing” it’s the same process but working from the front side which I also applied to this piece. It gave me a great deal of appreciation for the work I have seen in museums. This was my first attempt at it. Everything you see has been hand crafted. I stamped the leather design, I soldered the copper pegs holding the piece inside the shadow box as well as the copper balls on each corner of the copper piece. I look forward to doing more. If you are interested in taking Katharina Stute’s class, you may call her at 949-364-6905.
Fabric paint on jeans. These are designer jeans with “Hawk” portrait. One of a kind pair of jeans for Charles.