copper foldforming

fantasy flower

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fantasy flower

other side. Form is getting close to "angel trumpet" depth will need to increase depth by 50% Brad


Fantacy Flower

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Fantacy Flower

Today's exploration in deep flower form. Flower is fold-formed from one sheet of copper. measures 6" deep 4" wide. Miracle patina 2


fold formed bowls and vessels

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I'll try to answer some fold forming questions. The process is one where I spend most of my time. What is fold forming? Well to begin with just look at the words fold and forming..gee you could do that with a sheet of paper..people have, they called the process origami..those same cultures also did origami with metal, mostly foils. They folded they formed..origami with metal ignores the properties of the metal and treats the resistance of the metal as an obstacle to be overcome. What if we used the characteristics or properties of metal in the process? When we do that, we are doing what today is known as "fold forming"


"Flower vase"

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"Flower vase"

"Flower Vase" side view Experiments in form series


Flowers vase top

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Flowers vase top

Top of "flower vase"


bottom of "flower vase"

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bottom of  "flower vase"

Bottom of "flower vase"


fluted, fold formed, copper, shallow bowl, line folds

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fluted, fold formed, copper, shallow bowl, line folds

This ten inch bowl is fold formed, the center is press work.


Where can I learn about fold forming?

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Where can I learn about fold forming?
Well you started here. How about staying here a little longer? Many of us here do some fold forming, with a wide variety of results, viva la difference. There is much to learn. Hang on here we go!Over the years I've referred to myself as Artist, Jeweler, metal-smith, craftsman, and goldsmith. I've earned those titles. But always found them to be a bit pretentious, Real conversation killers and not very accurate. There needed to be a better term. I found A name for my career field quite by accident. I am a butterfly farmer. It's a difficult career choice to get ones head around. But basically I take something the rest of the world doesn't even see: an egg on the backside of a leaf, a caterpillar, or a piece of copper and I watch it change. When it becomes something cool, beautiful I release it. It's very hard work. but I've found it very freeing. Should you decide that you too are a butterfly farmer then here is my suggestion. Rush (it's the last time you ever have to rush) out and buy a spray bottle that will make a mist. fill with water. Use this to spray your forehead, arms, upper body before anyone sees you working. It helps. Ah you laugh. That's good It's easier to see and learn when we stop taking this stuff and ourselves so seriously. Promise me right now that you'll never tell any one how much fun this is. It's work. Remember that. It's important, you know? For your first lesson you will need A sketch book, If you can't afford that, find a paper bag. The weight of the paper is important. Some Chinese take out food delivered to you in one of those paper containers. The biggest sheet of copper you can buy. Not a foil but just thick enough that you can still bend it with your fingers with a little effort. a pair of scissors and a tin snips are also handy to have. Has the take out food arrived yet? Ok in the mean time we can get started. Make your self a stack of papers about 4" sort of square. Fold one of the sheets in half, open it up easily lay it on the table in front of you and stare at it until you see that it's not flat anymore. Make two folds on another sheet parallel is good, open it up. Bring two edges together. Observe that from flat (bad) and straight (bad)you have made curves good. Take a break..Eat the Chinese food if you must. I don't care I want you to see the paper container that the stuff came in. If yours came in a styrofoam thing that's vacuum forming and will not be covered in this class. Reorder until you get a box thing. Stare at the empty box thing pick it up let your mind digest it. Make one out of paper. It's a 3D solid it's a cold construction, it's origami. Origami is not where we are going. Make yourself some copper rectangles squares circles ect. 3" sort of. Fold one in half. A hammer is a good thing, a mallet good..open it up..That's origani not where we are going Yet. Take one of your pcs of copper Long rectangle is best. fold it in half lengthwise. Hammer the folded edge. don't straighten it out you want it to curve.


die forming, shell forming

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 The two part die and it's resultfour of four: The two part die and it's result interior die added to gain depththree of four: interior die added to gain depth The result is puffed.two of four: The result is puffed. the assembled sandwich, die, metal, rubber pad.one of four: the assembled sandwich, die, metal, rubber pad.I enjoy working with techniques that allow me to rapidly develope forms.Below is a collection of rapidly developed forms, in copper and aluminum, the technigues are fold forming and shell forming.


Now you see em's

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Now you see em's

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