Fold Forming – March 19, 2016

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Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster  (Directions)

Instructor: Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
Skill Level:  Beginner to Intermediate

Have you ever wondered if metal could be folded like origami?

Fold Forming is a technique where sheet metal is folded, worked, and then unfolded. Through this process, it is possible to quickly form the metal into gorgeous 3D shapes and textures. In this workshop, students will learn some of the basic folds using hammers, a torch, and vises. By the end of the day, each student will leave with at least one fold formed copper cuff and a variety of samples. This is a very physical technique and you will get dirty! Beginning jewelry and metalsmithing skills and a familiarity with using a torch are extremely helpful, but not required.

If you have any questions, email Wendy at

Materials Fee: A fee of $35 is payable to the instructor at the time of the class for your share of copper and other supplies. Price may change based on fluctuations in the metals market.

Supply List:

  • work gloves, safety goggles, apron
  • please wear non-flammable clothing, closed-toed shoes and bring a lunch with you
  • raising/forging hammers
  • sandpaper
  • smooth needle nose/parallel pliers
  • jeweler’s saws and blades and/or tin snips
  • any other jewelry making supplies you wish

*some tools will be available for student use, however we recommend you bring your own if you have them.

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin is a jewelry artist and metalsmith living and working out of her home in Elizabethtown. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1998.Currently her work can be found at the Michener Museum Shop in Doylestown. She attends several craft shows a year, as well as participating in local, regional, and national exhibitions. When she isn’t in the studio pounding away at metal, you can usually find her online at her blog, her website, or on Twitter as @wtek.

Class Type: IntensiveWorkshop

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