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Shell Forming Metal
with Betty Helen Longhi

Betty Helen Longhi has spent the last twenty five years exploring the possibilities of shell forming
in her jewelry and sculpture. She shows her work nationally and has taught all over the United
States including Penland and Haystack.
She is now offering a special opportunity for small groups of students to work in her personal studio
and stay at her lakeside home in North Carolina.
These unique workshops will combine close personal attention, optimal equipment and the
opportunity of pursuing a very individual course of study in a beautiful vacation setting.

Shell forming is a wonderful way to create three dimensional structures for jewelry and sculpture
from flat sheet metal. Using one hard tool, usually a hammer, and one resilient tool,
a wood or plastic form, one can rapidly form sheet metal into desired shapes.
Students will explore the fundamentals of sheet metal behavior and gain an understanding of the relationship between technique, tools and resulting forms.
Specific techniques will include synclastic sinking, anticlastic raising and methods to make
transitions from one form to another resulting in more complex structures.
Emphasis is on the great potential for forming which can be accomplished using a minimum of tools.

To see a video of Betty Helen demonstrating this process,
http://www.hgtv.com/videos/jewelry-metal-artist-71872.html

For additional information, brochures and costs:
email: bhl@fluidformsinmetal.com
or call: 336-798-5725

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Betty Helen Longhi - Workshop Schedule 2018

Cuffs & Bracelets - March 9-11, 2018

In this workshop we will use the techniques of shell forming and roll printing to make a series of bracelets and cuffs from sheet metal. Students will experiment with ways to add texture and change the form of a metal pattern with the rolling mill. They will then transform these patterns into bracelets and cuffs by synclastic, anticlastic and other forming techniques. Using the vehicle of the bracelet and cuff students will gain a new insight into ways to manipulate sheet metal as well as creating a unique group of jewelry items. Students will purchase some metal, available during the workshop.

This workshop will be held at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts
251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27101; 336-723-7395
Contact: Sarah Stine www.sawtooth.org

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Shell Forming: A Great Way to Make Earrings - April 20-22

In this workshop we will use the techniques of shell forming to make a series of earrings from sheet metal. Using the information from Betty's teaching along with the backup of the book, Creative Metal Forming, students will be able to learn the techniques of forming including Synclasting, Anticlasting, and Transitions. Using these techniques the students can make lovely earrings with three dimensional form that at the same time are light and comfortable. In addition to forming we will experiment with roll printing, and ways to change the shape of the pattern in the mill. Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between technique, tools and resulting forms. Using one hard tool (usually a hammer) and one resilient tool (a wood or plastic stake) one can rapidly form flat sheet metal into three-dimensional forms which become a group of unique earrings. (Note: A tools and supply list will be mailed prior to the workshop.)

NOTE: There is a 10% discount on both of Betty's classes for anyone wishing to take both.

Guilded Lynx - 458 Main St. Ridgefield, CT - info@guildedlynx.com - (203) 431-2400

 

Cuffs and Other Bracelets - April 23-25

In this workshop we will use the techniques of shell forming and roll printing to make a series of bracelets and cuffs from sheet metal. Students will experiment with ways to add texture and change the form of a metal pattern with the rolling mill. They will then transform these patterns into bracelets and cuffs by synclastic and anticlastic forming as well as other shell forming techniques. Using the vehicle of the bracelet and cuff students will gain a new insight into ways to manipulate sheet metal while creating a unique group of jewelry.

NOTE: There is a 10% discount on both of Betty's classes for anyone wishing to take both.

Guilded Lynx - 458 Main St. Ridgefield, CT - info@guildedlynx.com - (203) 431-2400

 

Contact

Betty Helen Longhi at bhl@fluidformsinmetal.com for further information.


 

 

Creating by Forming Metal

Detailed Course Description

Shell forming is a technique for forming sheet metal into three-dimensional structures.
The process requires the use of one hard metal tool (either a hammer or a stake) and one resilient tool (either a plastic or wood mallet or a plastic or wood stake). Using these conditions the metal can be formed quickly into strong fluid shapes.

The process is appropriate for any size work from small jewelry to large sculpture.

This workshop will cover the following:
1. basic hammering techniques
2. how to control the hammer blows
3. how to choose the appropriate hammer to achieve the desired result
4. how to select or make the appropriate stake to work on
Students will experiment with making synclastic and anticlastic forms and creating transitions from
one to the other. Multiple ways of manipulating the surface of the metal will be demonstrated
as well as the process for making a spiculum and for decking a form to create a hollow structure.

Also included will be discussions on how to:
1. Quickly make stakes from wood and plastic and a discussion of other appropriate materials
2. Refinish or remake hammers from “Flea Market finds”
3. Make patterns for shell forming designs

The student will leave with a basic understanding of how sheet metal can be worked,
how the tools relate to the end product
and how to translate this knowledge into their own aesthetic to use in whatever way they wish.

Betty Helen Longhi

Betty Helen Longhi
Biography

Betty Helen Longhi is a nationally recognized metalsmith who has worked extensively with forming metal for jewelry and sculpture. She attended the University of Wisconsin and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has studied with Heikki Seppa and Michael Good. Ms. Longhi has given numerous workshops both in the United States and Canada including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Parsons School of Design, Arrowmont, Peters Valley Craft Center and Penland School. She has been a guest artist at the University of Wisconsin and Maryland Institute of Art. Additionally, she has written a number of articles and reviews for Metalsmith magazine and has lectured on shell forming for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

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