Repoussé – /rəˌpo͞oˈsā/: A metalworking technique where metal is shaped or ornamented by hammering onto the reverse side creating a low relief.
Chasing – /CHās,ing/: Opposite to repoussé, chasing hammers on the front of the pieced and is used in conjunction to create a finished piece.
Metalsmiths have been using chasing and repoussé to adorn metal since antiquity. The Greeks in 3rd century BC used it to create elaborate scenes on armor and shields and 2nd century Hellenic earrings.
The technique is still widely used today both on functional items such as water vessels in India, sculpture, and jewelry worldwide.
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In our gallery we have some work from artist Carolina Andersson. The work is a lovely black and gold, and I get a lot of questions about how she achieves this look. The gold comes from a technique called Keum-Boo, and can be used on a variety of surfaces including PMC, steel, and chasing and repousse work in copper or fine silver. Keum-Boo can be done with sterling silver pieces as well, after the surface has gone through the process of depletion silvering. You can read a little about that on Gina Pankowski’s website. At the end of April you can learn how to bring a little gold into your own work with our class Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold.
Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold
Instructor: Suz O’Dell
April 28, Monday night, 6:30 – 9:30
Class Fee: $65 | $35 payable to instructor
Add the luster of gold to your silver fabrications with very little expense. In the ancient Korean technique of keum-boo (pronounced kum-boo, meaning “attached gold”) pure gold foil is bonded to the surface of another pure metal such as the fine silver of PMC. This produces a rich gold color, while using very little gold. In this workshop students will make a pair of PMC+ earrings and learn to apply 24K gold foil to them. The result can be dramatic with rich color and texture. This is also a great technique to inexpensively add gold to metals like silver, copper and iron for a beautiful mixed metal look. Students may bring finished PMC pieces to class for applying the Keum-boo process (mostly flat surfaces, no hollow forms). No experience necessary.
Sign up for this class by calling Danaca Design at 206-524-0916, Tue-Fri 11-6, Sat 16-6!