Beginning Metalsmithing: Project #3
Objective: Practice fold forming techniques on a sheet of copper.
Time to Complete: 4 class periods (each period being 2.75 hours)
If I could describe fold forming in only two words, it would be crude origami.
I think the best thing about creating a piece this way is that you have to let go of your expectations, and just roll with what you get. Metal is a tricky thing to work with, and folding it is even trickier. When I was working on this sheet of copper, I had no idea that I was going to end up sawing a heart out of it and making a brooch.
When I tried fold forming for the first time, I never thought it would be a great way to relieve stress. As I pounded away at the folds in the copper, I felt like my mood was a little lighter with each blow. Who knew?