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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Foldforming Copper

So I have recently been playing around with foldforming copper. I believe it could be my newest addiction, but at least it is a healthy addiction.I have really been having alot of fun with it. Foldforming was created in the 1980s by Charles Lawton-Braine. You are taking a piece of copper and allowing the piece to do what it wants as oppose to trying to force form onto it. You are annealing your piece, folding it, hammering it, annealing again, opening it up, then starting the process all over until you get the wonderful textures you are looking for. You will get all of the wonderful valleys and ridges, then if you patina with something like m20, then polish the high spots, the outcome is quite beautiful.