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[Workshop] Forming With the Hydraulic Press

Creatively Moving Metal: Forming With the Hydraulic Press
Instructor: Cynthia Eid
5 day workshop July 9 - July 13, 2008

Work with the biggest “hammer” in the shop! Learn to use Bonny Doon
forming tools in the hydraulic press to explore the design and form
possibilities they offer.

The workshop will begin with hydraulic press safety and care. You
will become skilled using the anticlastic and synclastic forming tool
sets, the urethane and restraining rings forming system, as well as
the contained urethane blocks and mushroom formers. Learn about and
understand how take advantage of the various thicknesses and
hardnesses of urethane for effective and creative embossing and

Make and use your own embossing and silhouette (matrix) dies, and
learn methods for split silhouette dies and making a reversible
silhouette die to create hollow forms — matching forms can be
soldered together. Use deep draw tools to form 3" discs into
cylinders which can be cut into seamless rings, or become a
container-pendant, stamp box, or vessel.

Combine hydraulic press forming with surface enrichment techniques
for limitless possibilities! This workshop is appropriate for
with basic metalsmithing skills as well as professionals.