Chasing and repousse’ Anticlastic forming

In this course we start from the most ancient technique of forming a sheet of metal; anticlastic forming and get to the great renaissance tradition of chasing and repousse’.

In anticlastic forming, a technique that makes it possible to create relatively large pieces of jewelry, a sheet of metal is shaped using special hammers and stakes made of nylon, wood or steel. It is a type of cold forging that makes it possible to create a great variety of shapes, sinuous and soft curves and add volume to a flat sheet of metal.

Chasing and repousse’; a natural evolution of anticlastic forming brings the student to the ultimate expression of forming metal by use of chasing hammers, and chasing and repousse’ tools.

The result is a range of very refined, sophisticated pieces of jewelry of great lightness and surprising shapes.

Some of the tools and materials are available at the School, some are at the students’ expense. Expect to spend about 100 Euros in materials.

Program

Basic theory, understanding of special properties of metal, forming and character of the metal sheet. Cutting of the sheet blank and its initial forming on specific stakes. Control and management of the metal’s movements. Stretching and compression of the metal. Hammering and planishing.
Hot forging of chasing and repousse’ tools and how to hold and work with them. Creation of hollow artefact. Careful and delicate interventions from inside and undercut with special tools. Finishing touch of relief using the chasing tools. Closing and finishing of the metal sheet.

Booking

A deposit of € 200 is required to reserve a space, not refundable in case of cancellation

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