Back to the University for me this week, for Jewelry  and Art in Latin America. I am eager to learn more about the learn more about the arts and my  Latin American roots. My mother’s family is from Honduras so I was raised in an American-Latino cultured home. Even  though I have been exposed to the Latino culture, I have not been exposed to its art despite the fact there are two well-known painters in my family.

I am also going to missing a little bit of school soon because I received a scholarship to a craft school to attend a fine metals workshop for fold forming. I have never done fold forming myself but I have observed the process last semester. Form forming in a nut shell involves using a special hammer called a forging hammer. Before the process begins, the sheet metal is heated (annealed) until it becomes soft and so it is able to be folded. The metal then is hit with a hammer in any pattern you want to make and again annealed. The piece is then unfolded to create a 3 dimensional piece.

The whole point of annealing is to make the metal softer and prevent it from breaking. However, hammering the metal can make the piece become harder. So sometimes you would need to re-anneal to do additional pattern making with the hammer. See the video below from Rio Grande which is a more scale down version of what we actually do in fold forming. We usually use a lower gauge metal sheet which means the metal is harder and can not be cut with regular scissors. Also, we use heavier hammers too.

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