Step one

Start With an Image

I begin with a photograph or my own drawing. I transfer that image by hand onto tracing paper, giving me a line drawing. This process can take up to 6 hours depending on the complexity of the image.

Step two

Work That Metal

I prep the metal (a super soft Pewter/Tin alloy) by marking the work space and borders of the image. I then transfer the image onto the metal, giving me a reference to work from.

Step three

Make Some Magic

Using a variety of tools, I push from the back of the piece and refine from the front to create a three dimensional metal design. This process can take 20+ hours depending on the complexity and size of the design.

Step Four

Gotta Make it Last

Once all the repousse work is finished, I fill in the back so my hard work won't collapse over time. This is done in  two steps to make sure every detail is protected. I let the backing dry and sand down any excess.

Step Five

Finish it Up

I patina (or color) the piece to make all the details pop. I then mount the finished product in a vintage frame, on wood, or any other object I can find.

Step Six

All Done

Time to photograph, package, and find the next project!

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