Sheet Metal Forming

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Traditional hand forming techniques commonly used in auto body fabrication will be explored during this workshop. Some of these techniques are stretching, compressing and applying strategic heat.  We will review a brief survey of applications for these techniques in combination with other processes such as welding. Participants will create mild steel samples primarily using an oxyacetylene torch and forming hammers.

Sculpting With Hydrocal
You have inside an architecture of your imagination, so consider building directly without intermediate steps and with a strong plastery material (Hydrocal). This is a workshop for you if you like to create unusual spaces and structures: think Gaudi of Barcelona or the Watts Towers, or native American living spaces. Using direct casting methods from cardboard into plaster, construct a mysterious table-top habitation, a tower, an adobe-like southwest building, a dream house. Recycle one or two of your own coffee / oatmeal cartons and/or cardboard boxes, if you like, and reinforce them with possible insertions of wood, metal, almost anything, then apply thin walls of
plaster to make hidden rooms, windows to let in light and keep adding on.We have the materials you need. Find out how to print or transfer colors and textures to the cast from the mold, and then experiment with your untested notions of what might work. Surprise yourself!  Teacher: Peter Lipsitt

IMAG1799Intro to Oxy-Acetylene
Brief taste of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, familiarize yourself with the tanks, practice your welds and cut metal with a torch. 3 hr workshop
Oxy-fuel is one of the oldest welding processes, though in recent years it has become less popular in industrial applications. However, it is still widely used for welding pipes and tubes, as well as repair work. It is also frequently well-suited, and favored, for fabricating some types of metal-based artwork.

Intro to StickDSCF1091
Learn the basics of Stick welding, how the machine works and practice your welds. 3 hr workshop
One of the most common types of arc welding is shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); it is also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA) or stick welding. Electric current is used to strike an arc between the base material and consumable electrode rod, which is made of steel and is covered with a flux that protects the weld area from oxidation and contamination by producing carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the welding process. The electrode core itself acts as filler material, making a separate filler unnecessary.

IMG_9097Intro to MIG
A quick overview of welding, practice your welds and learn how the machine works. 3 hr workshop
Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), also known as metal inert gas or MIG welding, is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a continuous wire feed as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas mixture to protect the weld from contamination. Since the electrode is continuous, welding speeds are greater for GMAW than for SMAW.
Intro to TIG
A quick overview of welding, practice your welds and learn how the machine works. 4 hr workshop
TIG welding provides the versatility to weld more kinds of alloys and metals than any other arc welding process. As an introduction to TIG welding, this workshop will cover studio and personal safety and provide a survey of TIG welding applications. Students will then apply topics demonstrated to create a welding sample in mild steel.

A four hour crash course in MIG welding culminating in a welded critter.

8hr. Welding Intensive
A crash course is Oxy-Ace, Stick, and MIG welding culminating in a small welded sculpture.

A quick spin through several jewelry making techniques ending with a completed ring created by each student!

6hr. Make a Ring/Stone Setting Workshop
Learn the basics of jewelry making while creating a silver ring and a bezel set stone.
IMG_8319Make a Pendant or Pin
Intro to stone setting. Students learn how to cut metal, file, cut and solder. Each student creates a silver pendant or pin. There a variety of stones to choose from. All materials included.


Intro to Enameling: Pendant Surface Exploration

In this four hour workshop, students learn how to enamel using both torch and kiln. Multiple techniques covered including templates, adhering silver leaf and other metals, stamp and roll patterns for champlevé, melting glass beads into the enamel. The goal of the class is to enable each student to leave with two personalized, hand-crafted pendants.

We have a lot of great teachers and like to rotate the workshop schedule to give everyone an opportunity to teach.

Welding Teachers: Benjamin Todd, Terrance Wong, Grace Hilliard-Kochinsky, Dale Savit
Jewelry Teachers: Stephanie Dicecca, Dale Savit, Sophia Poulos, Alissa Saginaw and Analiese Stinson, Annika Rundberg