Bang & Bend: Small-Scale Studio Forging Mar 26-28

  • $490.00
    Unit price per 

If sold out, contact dana@danacadesign.com to be added to the waitlist.


Bang & Bend: Small-Scale Studio Forging
Instructor: Andy Cooperman
March 26-28, Friday- Sunday, 3 Days, 10:00-4:00 
Class Fee: $490 | Materials Fee $20 (w/ option to purchase additional materials) 

Prerequisites: Basic metal working skills

Moving metal with a hammer—forging—lies at the very heart of jewelry and metalsmithing and is one of its great joys. A forged object can be uniquely lyrical and expressive. In this 3-day class, we’ll explore small-scale studio forging with a focus on rings.  

We’ll get our hammers swinging’ working with copper and brass and then, if you choose to, move into sterling with the goal of finishing at least one wearable ring or object. Time permitting, we can even melt clean (solder free) sterling scrap into ingots and go from there. The skills offered here can be applied across a spectrum of metals and scales. 

Topics include simple model making, tapering, clean up and alternative methods. Students must have basic skills and be able to file, use the flex shaft, solder and anneal. 

About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman is a metalsmith, writer, and teacher who lives in Seattle, WA. His work is featured in galleries nationwide, including Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, deNovo in Palo Alto and Velvet daVinci Gallery in San Fransisico. He is a past recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, and teaches seminars and workshops around the country, most recently as a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington. In addition to one of a kind jewelry pieces, Andy also works with clients as a custom jeweler and commission metalsmith. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College, Pella Iowa and appeared most recently in the exhibitions The Art Of Gold, Metalisms, Chess and The Ring Show.

Publications include the books Art Jewelry Today, 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Craft Of Silversmithing, The Penland Book of Jewelry and Fundamentals of Metalsmithing.

You can learn more about Andy at andycooperman.com or coopermanjewelry.com.


Students MUST Bring:

  • Materials Fee $20

Students MAY Bring:

  • Additional heavy gauge copper or brass rod, 4-8g
  • Sterling wire 4-8g (available in studio store HERE)
  • Basic hand tools including flat and half-round ring file if you have
  • Ear protection (we have earplugs)
  • A hammer or two that seem good for forging if you have
  • Vice grips if you have

Material KITS Include: Copper and brass or bronze rod stock for forging 


Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us, dana@danacadesign.com.

Review our class cancellation policy HERE.

All students must fill out and electronically submit the COVID-19 Protocol and Studio Waiver form before attending class.