Bang & Bend: Forged Rings

Forged ring, Andy Cooperman
  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • January 19 – 21, 2019
  • Saturday - Monday | 3 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $490

One of the great joys of metalsmithing is forging: moving metal with a hammer, redistributing mass and changing dimension without losing material. Forging lies at the very core of metalsmithing. In fact, the word smith is derived from “smite”, which means to strike. In this 3-day class we’ll explore small-scale forging, focusing on rings. We’ll get our feet wet hammering copper or brass rod and then move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring. Time permitting, we can even melt clean (solder free) sterling scrap into ingots and forge from there. The skills learned here can be applied to different metals and scales. Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods. Students must have basic skills and be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal. Materials Fee $20 payable to instructor, cash or check (w/ option to purchase additional materials)

Prerequisites:
  • Basic metal working skills
Materials Included:
  • -Copper and brass or bronze stock to forge
Students Must Bring:
  • -Materials Fee $20 payable to instructor
Students May Bring:
  • -Lightweight leather work gloves
    -Additional heavy gauge copper, brass, bronze, or sterling wire 4-8 ga (available to purchase in studio store)