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.”
“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