Small Scale Metalworking: Create a Copper Foldformed Leaf Garland or Decorative Stem

10am - 3pm

  • Venue Studio 3
  • Price £45 / £35
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Foldforming is a fun and addictive metalworking technique, which easily and quickly creates three dimensional sculptural forms from sheet metal. With no previous metal working experience, you will be impressed by the malleable nature of copper, as you stretch and curve it using a hammer or a rolling mill.

You will be learning some of the basics of metalworking as you progress through the project, to create surprisingly life-like leaves. Finished leaves can be assembled into a small wreath or garland to display on a surface or the wall, a decorative stem to adorn a vase or be used as a planter decoration, or as stand-alone sculptures.

You’ll be using metalworking skills such as sawing, hammering, annealing (softening metal with a flame) and soldering (joining metal using solder and a flame), before manipulating the final leaf form by hand to add a touch of personal artistry to its display. Final finishing techniques to help bring your nature inspired designs to life could involve cleaning, patinating and burnishing.

Emma-Jane is an award-winning Contemporary Silversmith and Metalsmith, with a workshop at StudionAme in Leicester. She is a member of Contemporary British Silversmiths and Design-Nation and has exhibited nationally at contemporary art, craft and design events. Taking inspiration from the rhythms and patterns found in nature, Emma-Jane’s portfolio includes decorative vessels and wall art in silver and base metals, lighting and jewellery.

This one-day workshop is for participants aged 18+.

All materials will be provided.

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