Advanced 3-D Art Metal Embossing
Visual Arts Standards: • 1.5 Analyze the material used by a given artist and describe how its use influences the meaning of the work. • 2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design. • 5.2 Create a work of art that communicates a cross-cultural or universal theme taken from literature or history.
Materials: • Copper-coated aluminum foil (approx. 38-gauge), stylus tools, embossing molds, India ink, colored Sharpie markers
Materials: • *All students will need to provide a functional object of their choice for this project, such as a plain picture frame, box, 3-D letter, or an empty tin can. You can make your item from scratch using chipboard or cardboard, buy something at a craft store (typically these items cost no more than a couple dollars), or repurpose an item from home.
Objectives: • To create a very detailed and decorated design for a functional object • To use repoussé and chasing to create a metal embossing • To work carefully with the metal so you don’t poke a hole through it!
Vocabulary: • Embossing= A mark or decoration made with a raised design or symbol; a type of relief sculpture
Metal Embossing • Embossing consists of two different processes of shaping sheets of metal: repousse and chasing
Vocabulary: • Repousse = creating a raised relief design on thin metal sheets by pressing from the reverse side • Chasing = designing on the front of the work by sinking the metal (opposite of repousse)
The Great Dish, or Great Plate of Bacchus, from the Roman Mildenhall Treasure
Project Requirements: • Design includes some lettering (such as a word or name) • Entire surface is covered with a variety of relief designs • Metal is wrapped neatly around the object and flaps glued carefully to the back/inside • Metal is “aged” using India ink or colored using Sharpie marker
Examples Small papier-mâché or wood craft box Plain picture frame Papier-mâché 3-D letter
Copper side finished with colored Sharpie Aluminum side finished with India ink
Due Dates: • Mini embossing practice: Thursday 2/2 • Functional object brought to class: Friday 2/3 • Template for project: Monday 2/6 • Finished project: Monday 2/13
Today: Practice first by creating a 3” mini metal embossing of your choice Measure and draw a ½” border on a 3” square of paper Draw your design in the center (may be a letter or any design of your choice) Go over all lines with a black Sharpie marker so that the design shows thru on the back of the paper