casting on edge
Unroll some copper sheeting, crumple . . .
. . . with a rubber mallet. Zig zag the distressed material back and forth, duct taping a few of the zigs to zags on the bottom edges to keep it from getting out of control. Seam several lightly pressed, wet sheets of 5 hr abaca end to end to make a sheet longer than the coppery mold in order to have lots of material to drape between edges.
Drape the sheet . . .
into position on the copper. Gently press/massage the sheet to smooth and round the valleys between the copper edges. Leave the paper taut and sharp over those edges. Those edges will dry crisp and thin, giving the sheet a staccato rhythm of choppy waves and a remarkable structural stiffness.
Dribble in some pebbles . . .
to keep the abaca taut and from shrinking up flat between the copper edges. They also slightly dimple the paper. Took 4 days to dry.
Then compose with it . . .
Then try it again bigger . . .
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