NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at email@example.com or 585-617-9644.
Basic Line - As it sounds we'll create a line on sheet but we'll play with variations that include the number of folds, the style of folds and the way different folds interact to make dynamic and intriguing pieces. By allowing the metal to do what it wants changes can be made very rapidly. You will be amazed at the speed with which you can create three dimensional forms from a single sheet.
Time permitting students will have the opportunity to turn their created elements into either ear rings or a pendant.
Fold Forming - This is about following what the metal likes to do, rather than forcing a specific form upon it. The concept was developed by Charles Lewton-Brain as a result of his time spent with Klaus Ulrich in Germany. This new system emphasizes creating forms by using the metals own characteristics to achieve naturally beautiful elements rapidly.
RocAFC Metalsmithing Samplers are an excellent way to get a taste of working metals by hand. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction to enhance your learning experience.
These classes are designed as teasers to let you experience what it's like to work copper using a variety of techniques. Focus will be on the fundamentals of allowing the shapes to develop as we work the material.
NOTE: Metalsmithing Classes are interactive and involve some physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing.
If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!Samplers will be held at various times throughout the year, the project will vary each class and are three to five hours long. Be sure to check the class listing prior to checkout.
- 3.5 hour class period: 6:30pm-10:00pm
- Enrollment: 3 to 8 students
- Experience required: None
- Complimentary coffee available and vending machines