Chasing and Repousse

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Chasing & Repousse - Morning Sherrod
In this class students will learn the ancient art of moving metal into a three-dimensional shape. This is accomplished using a set of tools called chasing liners and repousse punches. Planishing tools for smoothing and texture punches for pattern background finish off the process. All this is performed on a bowl of warm German red pitch. Lab fees include the use of all tools and materials. We will learn on copper. As you become more confident in your skills you may purchase silver sheet from the instructor or bring your own 22 gauge, 24 gauge is too fine for sheet me

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 0 to $200
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Chasing and Repoussé - Elementary Level - Thomas Hammett
This course will present the ancient art process of chasing and embossing (repoussé) in a series of increasingly complex pieces.  Students will learn the principles of metallurgy pertaining to chasing and embossing, and be introduced to various tools, materials, and techniques needed to produce low- and mid-relief sculpture in metal.  All work will be done in copper, and all tools and materials will be provided for student use.  Students must provide their own eye protection and closed-toe shoes.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Chasing and Repoussé - Intermediate Level - Thomas Hammett
This course will introduce a variety of materials to the student already familiar with chasing and embossing (repoussé).  Students will be introduced to different resist materials (pitch, tar, wood, and Plasticine) as well as a variety of metals used in chasing and repoussé (copper, brass, bronze, zinc, aluminum, silver, and gold). Students will become acquainted with the properties of each material, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Previous instruction or experience in chasing and repoussé is required, as instruction will focus on the materials used in chasing and repoussé rather than the skills used in that art. The number of pieces completed will vary, depending on the skill level of the student and the complexity of the designs used for each piece. Tools will be provided, but students may bring their own tools and hammers. Student materials kits will include copper, brass, bronze, zinc, aluminum, fine silver, and coin silver. Due to costs, gold will be available for student practice, but will not be kept by the student.  Students must provide their own eye protection and closed-toe shoes.

Lab Fee: $225.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Elementary Chasing and Repoussé or permission of instructor

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