Bang & Bend: Forged Rings

Forged ring, Andy Cooperman "Stinger"
  • Instructor: Andy Cooperman
  • February 15 – 17, 2020
  • Saturday - Monday | 3 weekdays | 10:00 - 5:00
  • Class Fee: $530

Forging--moving metal with a hammer-- lies at the very heart of metalsmithing and is one of its most joyful processes.  A forged object can be uniquely sculptural and expressive.

This 3-day class will 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, scales and objects.

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:
  • -Additional 4-10 gauge copper, brass, or bronze
    -Additional sterling wire 4-8 gauge (available to purchase in studio store)
    -Basic hand tools including flat and half-round ring file if you have
    -Ear protection (we have earplugs)
    -A hammer or two that seem good for forging if you have
    -Vice grips if you have