Association for Contemporary Jewellery
Dawn Gear recently went on a Press Forming Course at Benches Workshop in the New Forest. Here is her report on the event.
PRESS FORMING AT BENCHES STUDIO IN DIBDEN PURLIEU -
I had been looking forward to this two-
Rebecca had brought her own hydraulic press with her, although manual ones can also be used to excellent effect and it is possible to make your own press. By lunchtime on the first day we were ready to make the first attempt at pressing copper into our moulds, but not before adjourning for a really lovely home-
Having had time to digest the process overnight and decide what else we would like to try, everybody reconvened on Sunday and formed a variety of beads, containers, pendants and little boxes. We were also shown how to make a pretty little hinge and clasp for the boxes. Rebecca demonstrated different ways of producing texture and coloured patinas on our copper using heat and some household chemicals such as ammonia and vinegar. With Rebecca's help I decided to try combining fold-
Once again we were offered a lovely lunch and all went away at the end of the day inspired by the possibilities of combining this new technique into our own jewellery styles. I would certainly recommend the course to anyone –and
my thanks to Rebecca, David and Jenny for a great weekend.