Bang & Bend: Forged Rings

 a curvy pin
 Forged nailhead combo and pendant
 a pin and a ring

Date: June 15-18, 2022 (Summer, 4 day)
Medium: Metal
Instructor: Andy Cooperman (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Forging—moving metal with hammer—lies at the very heart of metalsmithing and is one of its most joyful processes. When you forge you redistribute mass, changing the dimension without losing material. A forged object can be uniquely sculptural and expressive.

This class will explore small-scale forging, focusing on rings. We’ll get our feet wet hammering copper or brass rod and then move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring. Time permitting, we can even melt clean (solder free) sterling scrap into ingots and forge from there. The skills learned here can be applied to different metals, scales and objects.

Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods.

Students must have basic skills and be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal.

This course has ended.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Coming soon!

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.

About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that.

Andy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Andy teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the Eastern Carolina University Materials Topics Symposium .