Chasing and Repousse

Jan 7th

chasing and repousse techniques

pitch for chasing and repousse


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Excited for this new year and new techniques. I bought the necessary tools to start chasing and repousse. It’s an ancient technique of metalworking where chasing is essentially embossing and repousse is hammering the reverse side to create a low relief. (Read more here about this technique.) There’s definitely a learning curve but I love a challenge. Above is a pic of the copper in pitch. Pitch holds the piece so you can work on it.

chasing and repousse techniques

Back of copper leaf


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This is the back side of the leaf shape I made. As you can see the form is pushed out.

chasing and repousse techniques

Copper leaf ornament


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This is the front side of my first piece. Definitely not so perfect but it was fun to work on. I didn’t think about the gauge of the copper and I jumped right into 18 gauge which was definitely a workout the first time round. It looks like a leaf on steroids…lol!!!!

chasing and repousse

Sterling silver necklace with Mexican Campitos Turquoise


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I’ve made a few pieces now. This sterling piece was made using chasing and repousse techniques with sterling silver. I also added a Mexican Campitos turquoise.

sterling necklace with turquoise

Back view of necklace


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I chose not to cover up the back with another piece of sterling. I love the raw, organic feel it has this way.

sterling and turquoise necklace

Sterling necklace with Mexican Campitos Turquoise.


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It looks amazing on!!

Chasing and repousse will open up a range of new ideas for me this year. Yes….. it’s time consuming but the payoff is awesome. Stay tuned for new work!!

Happy New Year!!!

fill your heart with art
~manon

My work can be found here at Echo of the Dreamer gallery and at Enter the Earth gallery.

Fill your heart with art

~manon

me

My name is Manon. (pronounced Man + O) Yes….my mom cursed me with my name. In her defense I guess she never though I’d leave Quebec. I’m a jewelry artist and painter. I’ve been creative as long as I can remember and things haven’t changed. I now live in Scottsdale, AZ with my man, Rob. I spend most days in my studio making pieces that speak to my heart. Thanks for stopping by!!

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