Intro to Forming

Course Description

About this course

Forming and forging metal gives a piece more character, dimension, and adds a new level of visual interest. In this weekly class students will learn to properly use hammers and other forming tools to efficiently move and shape metal to create volume.

Over the course of six weeks, students will work towards building a solid foundation in metal-forming processes by focusing on forging a bracelet, forming a cuff, and forming a bowl/vessel. Fold-forming and finishing techniques will also be covered. This will be a process/technique driven class, where students will learn to understand how to control the direction and movement of metal (an essential component of metalworking), how to do a "change of direction", how to taper, all about hammer textures, and more! 

Basic metalsmithing skills are helpful but not required. This course will serve as a suberb introduction to several important forming techniques used in metalsmithing.

Meet the Instructor

Diane Lawton

Diane received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
in 1983. She has continued to expand her skills and artistic horizons in
her studio in Woburn, Massachusetts, and also in advanced jewelry and silversmithing classes at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Diane favorite techniques include fabricating mokume, pave settings, raising, hot twisting, and soldered applique.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $30 materials fee for this workshop payable upon registration. The materials kit includes enough metal sheet and wire to complete several forged bracelets in two gauges, a cuff bracelets, and a formed bowl/vessel. Kit also covers saw blades and use of other miscellaneous items needed to complete projects.

Students should bring 
  • Well fitted work gloves or an old pair of utility gloves.
  • Safety glasses/ear protection. Metalwerx has some but you may prefer your own.
  • Bring any forming hammers that you may already have. Metalwerx has plenty to share.



Materials Cost



Diane Lawton


February 1 -March 15, 2022

Weekly on Tuesday


6:30 PM -9:00 PM


6 weeks

All Levels

No Class Dates

February 22

Make-up dates 
March 29
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