Crease and Fold Fabrication

Course Description

About this course

In this course students will use a quick forming technique known as scoring and bending to explore how to build more complex three dimensional forms; this process allows metal to be folded like paper into hard edged geometric shapes, creating volume without the use of hammers and stakes. Starting with templates and paper models, students will work to design a multifaceted wearable or functional form using scored and bent sheet metal. Students will experiment with stick soldering to join larger seams, as well as the more nuanced and delicate chip soldering process, which requires a more critical eye. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of a variety of soldering surfaces, flux differentials, and soldering accessories. This course is ideal for students looking to perfect their fabrication skills or create complex geometric forms.

Meet the Instructor

Erica Bello

Erica Bello studied metals/jewelry design at the School for American Crafts where she received her BFA. In 2014 she received the Halstead Grant for emerging artists, and began exhibiting her work nationally. In 2017 she was one of four Early Career Artists invited to speak in regards to jewelry design practices at the 46th annual Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in New Orleans, LA. From 2017 - 2019 Erica held the position of Studio Manager and instructor at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Additionally, she has taught classes on metalsmithing and jewelry design at Penland School of Crafts, the Center for Metal Arts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Bello’s work can be found nationally in several contemporary jewelry
galleries and has been published in the book New Brooches by Nicholas Estrada. Erica currently resides in Columbus, OH and works out of her studio located in the revitalized area of Franklinton.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $65 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes brass sheet, silver solder, soldering materials, rotary materials, and various miscellaneous materials necessary for the completion of the project. 

Students should bring 

Metalwerx has some of these tools available for communal studio use, but you may want to bring your own if you do not want to wait for them to become available during class:

  • graph paper
  • drafting pencil of other fine writing instrument
  • scissors
  • 6” metal ruler
  • digital caliper


$535.00 $508.25
5% discount until April 1

Materials Cost



Erica Bello


May 1 -3, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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