From Flat to Formed: Creating Volume with Sheet and Wire

Course Description

About this course

Explore how to make volume and dimension from sheet metal and wire using simple folding, forming, and soldering techniques. Paulette will demonstrate how to develop paper patterns that can then be translated onto metal forms to make structures and shapes that can be incorporated into brooches, neckpieces or rings. Attention will also be paid to how students can add color, texture and pattern to their designs for added visual interest. Take advantage of Argentium’s fusing properties to design flat forms and then manipulate them into lightweight and dynamic showstoppers. 

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

Paulette will have a variety of argentium wire gauges, sheet metal, gemstones and pearls for sale during the class. Students can choose to purchase what they need for their projects at class.

Students should bring 
  • Sheet metal and wire you'd like to work with
  • Saw blades
  • A selection of stones, pearls, and found objects you may like to incorporate into your designs.
  • Pieces in progress, failures that need help, and questions.

Note: The Metalwerx studio has many of these tools available for use during class but if you have your own, you can bring them along so you don't have to share.

  • Pliers: round nose, needle nose, half round/flat, flat jaw, and flush cutting pliers.
  • 220, 320 and 400 grit sanding sticks
  • Files, including a coarse file with handle for cleaning up tapers
  • Jeweler's saw
  • Favorite planishing or forging hammer - If you have one
  • Sketch book for taking notes



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Paulette Werger


August 22 -26, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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