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.
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.
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.
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.
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.