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Basic Forging with Non-Ferrous Metals

July 30, 2023 - August 4, 2023

April Franklin  ·  vexedmetal.com

Workshop at a glance

Copper, bronze and silver, OH MY! Learn the basics of forging these non-ferrous metals in this fun and informative class.


  • Basic forging techniques
  • Using jeweler’s saws and hammers
  • Creating cold connections to join metal using non-ferrous metals


  • Non-ferrous metals, copper, bronze, and silver
  • Forging tools
  • Jeweler’s saws and hammers


  • Focus on basic shop procedures and methods
  • Learning joining techniques
  • Creating beginning forms

Artist Bio

April Franklin is a metalsmith and manages the Graduate Program’s Fabrication Lab at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts — Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. From maintaining large scale outdoor pieces to producing one-of-a-kind architectural pieces and following her own passion for pattern welded steel, Franklin has 25 years of experience. She taught at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, Peters Valley in New Jersey, and the Steel Yard in Rhode Island. Franklin collaborates with her ceramicist wife Kathy King, integrating metal accents and fittings to sculptural ceramics and wearable art.

  • April Franklin
  • April Franklin
  • April Franklin

Workshop Description

This workshop will focus on basic shop procedures and methods of working with non-ferrous material such as copper, bronze, and silver. Students will utilize jeweler’s saws and hammers as the main tools and cold connections as the main joining technique to avoid the use of expensive equipment and to rely instead on good design and craftsmanship. This will allow you to bring creativity out of the realm of your mind and into the physical world. Participant’s beginning forms will be the fibula and the spoon allowing for individual experimentation while concentrating on the development of fundamental techniques to build a formative working knowledge of the forging process. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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