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    Pastel.Forged Rose
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    Pastel.forged cuffs
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    Pastel.forged necklaces
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    Pastel.Forged Flower
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    Pastel.Forged Copper
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    Pastel.Forged Flower Pendant
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    Pastel.forged fold forms

Forged Floral Forms Expanded

Forging and forming are processes of moving and manipulating the shape of metals through heating, hammering, pressing, and rolling.

This demo-focused virtual workshop will greatly expand on the floral forms briefly covered in Deanna's previous class "Forging and Forming 101". The focus of this course will be placed specifically on forming principles with intent to further student's understanding of how to move metal in such a way as to create beautifully intricate flower forms. Copper is highly recommended for practice and budget, but students may also work in fine, sterling, and Argentium silver.

Project outlines will include fold formed leafs, hammering techniques for flowers, soldering applications, and additional forming techniques!

Meet the instructor

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Deanna Pastel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 she received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals from Kent State University. Upon graduating, she was offered a position as a bench jeweler and trainer at Heather B. Moore Inc. in Cleveland, OH. This is where she began fine-tuning her skills in soldering gold, setting stones and hand stamping on silver and high end gold jewelry works. 

In 2012 she landed in Austin, TX, and began her career as one of the main teachers and as the studio director/coordinator at Creative Side Jewelry Academy. She spent 2012-2017 developing the school’s core curriculum, while working closely with other master artists and her students.

In 2018 she was granted an apprenticeship to spend two months working alongside artist Victoria Lansford doing macro chasing and repousse, and became a presence both artistically and professionally for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. For the past three years, she has expanded to teaching at multiple schools and colleges around the Austin and San Antonio area providing eclectic and diverse course offerings at all levels of experience. She also continues to work at her bench in her home studio doing commissions, custom and repair work, as well as her personal artworks.

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw materials (copper is recommended for practice and you are welcome to get multiple gauges):

  • 6"x12" max. x copper, silver, or brass sheet - 22g (Rio Grande)

  • 6" x round copper, silver, or brass wire - 20g (Rio Grande)


Torch setup:


Hand tools (note that hammer faces should be dressed with rounded edges. Contact Deanna at [email protected] if you are unsure whether your hammers are the right ones for the job. Both hammers can be purchased from All Craft as a kit):


Students should have a solid steel block (4"x4") and/or a vise with a flat surface to work on. A vise is helpful to mount a mandrel or stake in. This project can be completed on a flat surface, though if the student would like more movement from the flower petals the following are a good option - contact instructor at [email protected] with any questions:


Other/miscellaneous items:

  • particulate dust mask

  • fan with open window or ventilation system

  • eye protection

  • shop rags/towels

  • Sharpie marker(s)

  • notebook

  • pen/pencil

  • ruler


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