Repoussage

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repoussage

[rə¦pü ¦säzh]
(graphic arts)
In etching, when a plate is repaired, scraped, and rubbed, there is a hollow left that will print a gray smudge; repoussage involves hammering out the hollow by putting the plate face down on a flat steel surface and tapping it gently from the back with a repoussage hammer.

Repoussage

 

the production of raised images on sheet metal. The reverse side of the metal sheet is laid against a block of special resin, and a special hammer is used to strike a raising tool applied most frequently to the face side. Repoussage is one of the oldest techniques used in decorative metalworking.

REFERENCE

Flerov, A. V. Khudozhestvennaia obrabotka metallov. Moscow, 1976.