Chasing and Repoussé

in collaboration with Jewelry Studies International

A One-of-a-Kind Experience

to study Chasing and Repoussé with

Fabrizio Acquafresca

The technique of chasing and repoussé involves the process of applying sheet metal (brass, copper, gold, argentium silver, or sterling silver) to a board of pitch, then forming the metal using a hammer and different shapes and sizes of specialized handmade chasing tools. Fabrizio has always been dedicated and enthusiastic about sharing his skills and knowledge of this process. Chasing and repoussé has a rich history both in his family heritage and the crafts community of Florence.

Under the careful tutelage of FabrizioAcquafresca, students will learn chasing and repoussé in the Italian style. Through the proper use of various specialized tools, students will study and implement the classical Italian approach to transforming sheet metal into relief and other works of art. Students will begin with a dragonfly relief, but should also come prepared with a jewelry design containing fruit, a floral pattern or an abstract image to realize in metal. This course has no prerequisites and is open to students of all levels.

Hana Choi, student of Fabrizio Acquafresca

Date of the course: July 30 to August 3, 2012




July 30rd: Introduction to the course and the use of the tools.
Illustration and selection of the different materials,
Beginning of practical execution a project assigned; a dragonfly
July 31st: Elaboration of a new project from students; create a bracelet.
August 1st:
Continuing work on bracelet and finish the work.
(After lesson instructor slide presentation).
August 2nd:
Explain how to make tools and start a new project.
August 3rd:
Continuing work and finishing of projects.

Please consider that the contents of individual classes may be changed throughout the course according to the class progress.





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