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Copper Embossing: About

Copper Embossing

(Photo: Leo Reynolds used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license)

Metal embossing, which is sometimes called tooling or repoussee, is the craft of selectively raising sections of sheet metal in order to create relief sculpture. Copper bends easily and is thus a frequently selected metal for this craft. Once shaped, embossed copper is often patinated, which means that it is stained with reactive chemicals.

The Makerspace has supplies for copper embossing, including:

  • A roll of 36-gauge copper (thickness guide here)
  • Embossing tools
  • Embossing pads
  • Metal snips
  • Tiffany green patina (patina guide here)
  • Disposable plastic cups for patina
  • Brushes for patina
  • Sandpaper
  • Clear sealant spray



Here is a video that introduces copper embossing.

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