Copper Repoussé Radial Designs

I thought I would share a recent project my 7th graders completed.  Years ago I taught a copper tooling class.  I still have quite a bit of copper left over so I like to use it for projects every now and then.  Students created radial designs on paper and then traced them onto copper using a steel tool.  Then they selected certain areas of the design to be raised by rubbing the back of the copper with a wood tool.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the raised areas in the photos.  I gave the students the option to add color with paint markers (which they LOVE to use).  I really like the designs that leave some of the copper showing.  A few students chose to leave the copper  which I also love.  Students created a reverse value study design for the background using white colored pencil on black paper.  The designs  are stunning!

Each student started the project with a copper “sampler” so that they could practice tracing and raising the copper.  You can see one of the samplers below . . .

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January 10, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Sandrine - It’s wonderful ! What I would love to be one of your student ! It’s absolutly awesome !

January 10, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Jani - I keep saying I’m ready for another photography class or art class for adults. Love these, they are beautiful.

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