Chrisy started out making simple garden art, such as “butterflies, manatees and Kokopelis” for family and friends. Now, her hobby has blossomed into a career Which includes travel seeking new creative idea’s she can use in her creative endeavors after her retirement from the Daytona Beach Fire Department ! From Firehouse to Forge !
Chrisy uses a technique called Repoussé & Chasing to Create many of her items, from grapes & leaves to fish & sea sculptures, Creatures of the Day and Creatures of the Night ! Look around see Anything you Like ! A method of creating a relief design by hammering or pressing the reverse side of a metal surface. Literal meaning in French, "to push back". Annealed (softened) sheet metal is supported by pitch, sand or sometimes supported by its edges and then worked with a variety of tools that depend on the type of metal and its thickness. Repoussé is done in metals ranging from thin soft copper sheet that can be worked with wooden hand tools up to heavy steel plate worked hot with power tools and machines.
Repousse' is used to create gold and silver jewelry, plate armour, decorative architectural panels or can be pieced together to produce sculpture in the round such as the Statue of Liberty.
Chasing is the same process working from the front of the work often with the same tools. Small tools for creating decorative textures and patterns are also called chasing tools.