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Chasing and repousse are ancient techniques used to create relief forms in metal. The process can be very time consuming and is most often used for one-of-a-kind pieces. With the use of die forming we can speed up that process and preform items to prepare them for final detailing using chasing and repousse. Die forming also enables us to produce these items in multiples, allowing the possibility of creating editions of an item, each one unique but starting from the same point. If the outline of the multiples remains the same then blanking dies can be used to quickly cut out the final forms.
Students will learn how to make silhouette dies in cast acrylic for simple domed forms and add contour with thermal reactive plastic. The addition of carving in cast acrylic allows for complexity and dimension. Students will carve reverse relief shapes in cast acrylic with specialized burs and a flexible shaft. Once we have pressed out our preformed metal pieces we will enhance them with chasing and repousse.
Jayne will be sharing her unique engineering and assembly concepts and work with each student to design their own individual pieces. Students will have the choice of making blanking dies to cut out their shapes or simply focus on the forming processes.
Jayne will supply a Tool and Materials Kit for each student for a cost of: $65. The kit materials will include cast acrylic sheets, thermal reactive plastic, Delrin rods, saw blades and copper for practice pieces. She will also provide her Rotational Bench Pin for each student to use. If a student wishes to purchase a bench pin, they will be available at a special workshop price. Tool steel will also be available for purchase at $15 – $20.00 per sheet for those who want to make blanking dies.