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In this special live, online edition of Victoria’s popular workshop, learn the secret of hammering metal into any shape or design. Whether high or low relief, traditional or contemporary styles, the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing encompasses it all. This is the type of repoussé used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths to achieve works of unsurpassed beauty, and the technique Victoria has employed for everything from stunning jewelry to huge sliding doors on a bespoke super yacht.
Eastern repoussé is an easily learnable system of exactly how, where, when, with which tool, and how hard to strike your metal to create the designs you want. It empowers you to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief. By working on a jewelry scale, you will gain a deep knowledge of the process that can be used on any scale whether wearable, functional, or sculptural. We will also touch on the possibilities of dimensional forms such as rings and bracelets as well as using this process with alternative materials, such as mokume gane and bi-metal.
This extended workshop format is designed to help you achieve mastery of this technique. All class time will be devoted to learning and working in the Eastern repoussé process (not tool making). The demos are in 4K so you can see in magnified, lifelike detail everything that is happening. You are also encouraged to turn your device on your own bench so Victoria can coach you through the nuances of hammering to get the results in your own work that you desire.
Techniques covered include:
- Laying out and transferring your design
- How to use your chasing tools and hammer effectively to acheive your design
- Become accomplished at chasing line work that can stand alone or make your relief stand out
- Chasing low relief forms
- Chasing high relief forms
- Creating fine detail with your chasing
- How chasing and repousse work together to create forms
- Finishing your chased forms
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 6 sessions, 3 hours per session, for a total of 18 hours.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Eastern Repoussé Tool Set
- 4” deep pitch bowl and stand
- Medium Green Chaser’s Pitch
- Chasing hammer
- Weighted rawhide mallet or urethane mallet
- 4”x4” steel bench block
- Ear plugs
- 1 can canola or soy cooking spray
- Air/acetylene, large butane, or fuel/oxygen torch
- Fire extinguisher
- Pickle & pickle pot
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- 2/0 saw blades
- Needle file set of 6
- Flat nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Joyce Chen or other sharp shears
- Bench pin
- Sharpie permanent marker
- Heat gun if you are using a butane torch
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic bench skills including soldering.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA