Mar 282013

Copper Details

Copper Repousse or “tooling” is the technique of creating a decorative low-relief by pressing and stretching the metal from the reverse side to make the design raised on the front. “Chasing” is the opposite technique of refining details on the front by sinking the metal in. Students used popsicle sticks, barbecue skewers, and a variety of wooden clay tools to smooth, stretch, and define the copper foil on both sides.

Imani Belt & Triston Mahuiki

These repousse designs represent symbols of Hawaii that students first drew with pencil on paper and then transferred to the copper. Above, Cambria Miles created the native and endangered Monk Seal and Tristen Mahuiki chose a Taro plant. Below, 8th grader Heather Faretta fashioned a red-tailed tropic bird (Phaethon Rubricauda) that can be seen on the North Shore of Kauai.

Heather Faretta

7th grader Isabella Kotsol designed a humpback whale, pictured below on display at Kapa’a Middle School’s Elective Night Art exhibit. You can also see how the projects were embellished and hung with colorful beads made from strips of rolled magazine pages.

Isabella Kotsol

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  5 Responses to “Hawaiian Themed Copper Relief”

  1. Where do you find the copper for this project?

  2. I purchase the copper in large rolls from Blick art catalogue.

  3. Nice works, I like green patina with the shining fininsh

  4. Hi Julia,
    I was wondering if the student who created the taro plant copper repousse would be willing to sell it. I can pay $50.00 + shipping.
    Colin Umebayashi

  5. Hi Colin,

    I’m sure that my student would be honored by your request to purchase the artwork! As this project was done in 2013, the student no longer attends our school. If I can get in contact, I will let you know.


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