Linda Leviton recently taught a workshop on large scale foldforming at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, OH. Not only is Linda a brilliant local artist, but she also won Honorable Mention and two Jurors' Choice nominations in the 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition, a global event for metal artists. Learn more in Part I of this story.
Make an impression
After the wire is curved and taped down, cover your anvil surface or steel bench block with leather and place the piece on top. Using a slightly domed hammer, pound along the wire until it is evenly indented into the metal.
When you've hammered enough, the wire track will be clearly visible on the opposite side but won't have cut through. There is a little trial and error as you learn when to stop. Later if the line you made in this step is slightly too thin for structural integrity, melt some solder along the inside of the fold to reinforce it.
Cut and bend
In this clip, Linda cuts around the line left by her wire and bends the piece. Notice how the final form can be manipulated into the shape you want.
Meet some of the Students
The students in this workshop were on fire! Take a look at some pics and video clips, and see for yourself.
Sue Lacy Wired
This began as a hobbyist's blog.
Over time it became a quest to support & connect metalsmiths around the globe who use foldforming techniques in their work.
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