Techniques of Bronze Age Masters:
Eastern Repoussé and Chasing is now available.
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is the art of hammering linear designs and textures
on sheet metal. The effect looks similar to engraving,
but no metal is cut away. Rather, the metal is displaced
instead. It is akin to stamping in that a tool is
placed on the sheet and whacked with a hammer, but
in stamping, the tool is hit once and removed to leave
a single mark. In chasing the tool is continuously
moved along the desired path by the non dominant hand
and whacked simultaneously with the dominant hand.
It's a bit like drawing on metal.
can either be a part of repoussé,
or can stand alone as a separate technique. In repoussé
an area to be pushed out is first delineated by
chasing. A puffed out piece can then be chased on
the front to create more lines, textures, and planes.
Executed alone, chasing can be used to create surface
designs on flat metal, such as the bottom of a box
or the back of a bezel. I often chase symbols that
appear to be stamps but are actually one of a kind