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Learn the secrets of transforming original photos or drawings into highly detailed, low-relief images, which look similar in style to traditional Repoussé. Discover how to wet-work a reverse polymer mold of your image, manipulate silver Metal Clay and use tools to create different hand-wrought textural effects, and carve details for the finishing touch.


The Repoussé Effect is only achieved by this technique and is different from photopolymer plates. The results are unique and original, beautifully echoing the hand of the artist.


Students should bring 3 to 4 “original” drawings or photographs to choose from, and together we can pick the best for the project. Anything that inspires you is fair game. The photos or drawings will be reduced in size with a photocopier if needed. A 3" x 5" picture/photo would be fine. I will teach the students how to frame and focus the viewers' attention as part of the lesson.


Materials List: PMC3 or low fire Art Clay 25g, 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth. Super Sculpey Original beige polymer clay, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fineAll basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, carving tools, ball stylus, or ott light optional,) Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

Repoussé Effects in Metal Clay Tutorial

    • Tutorials are in a PDF format are for students who need no teacher guidance with the lesson. You do, however, have an option to purchase a 1 hr. question and answer session by appt.
    •  See "Product Options" to purchase a 1 hr. private session in addition to the tutorial. Sessions are live on the Go to Meeting platform. This option is for those who are rather independent workers seeking answers to questions and have an interest in seeing  Holly Gage perform select demonstrations.

  • The Online classes are live and interactive with Holly Gage on the Go To Meeting platform. All you need is a camera on your computer or phone.

    • A week or so prior to class, Holly will send you a PDF file of the lesson.
    • During each class she demonstrates a part of the lesson and you will spend the week trying it on your own and you will come back to the next class with your "Creative Development Homework" so far.
    • Together you will discuss it, ask questions, talk about challenges, or just celebrate what you've achieved.
    • The sessions continue in that manner until you are done with the course.
    • Classes cover design concepts as well as technique.
    • Classes are kept small and personal, about 4-5 students to keep them light and enjoyable engaging all members of the class.
    • If you miss a class, you can catch up at the next session where I will give a quick review of the prior session.
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