Chasing and Repousse

Jan 7th

chasing and repousse techniques

pitch for chasing and repousse


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


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


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


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


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.


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

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

Fill your heart with art



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. I spend most days in my studio making pieces that speak to my heart. Thanks for stopping by!!

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