Copper Repoussé, Using the “Pitch” Method
“Jacob Marley“; 4″ x 5”, 16 gauge copper, wax finish.
The above image is of a copper face that I completed yesterday, using the “pitch” method of repoussé. Some folks refer to this process as “high relief chasing.”
In April of this year, Tom Latané of T+C Latané, Pepin, WI, came to my shop to guide me through this process. We worked over a four day period. Tom worked on a bust, then I applied what I had learned to my own bust.
The piece shown above was my first solo piece since Tom was here.
Below is a side shot of “Jacob Marley.”
Below is the piece I made with under the tutelage of Tom, which is of a Fawn.
“Fawn“, 6″ x 7”, 16 gauge copper, wax finish.
Below is the face (bust) that Tom Latané made while instructing me. (He made many faces, but……that’s another story.)
“Copper Bust” by Tom Latané, 6″ x7″, 16 gauge copper, wax finish.
This method is some of the fussiest metalwork that I have ever studied, but also very satisfying. Many small punches were made to form these pieces.
Thank you Tom, for introducing me to this fine aspect of metalwork.
“Practice makes permanent!” ….Heidi Bernard, Saxaphone Teacher, Las Vegas, Nevada
Travis Fleming - January 8, 2010
Dan, Really like your site here, very interesting information. On these copper repousses, do you draw the patterns or where do you get them?