Workshop with Betty Helen Longhi,
“Forming Techniques for Jewelry”
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
March 19th, 21st & 22nd, 2020
Workshop fee: $375
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Maryland.

If you like to make your own jewelry, metal forming is a wonderful way to create three- dimensional pieces. Using one hard tool, usually a hammer, and one resilient tool, such as a wood or plastic stake, one can rapidly form sheet metal into desired shapes. The book, Creative Metal Forming, by Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid will be used as a guide. Betty Helen will cover the basic techniques of Synclasting, Anticlasting and Transitions, in which one part of the form is hammered one direction and the other moves to a different way to create more complex forms.

Instead of making samples, the students will learn these techniques by making bracelets, pendants and earrings. It will be fun to see how these objects can arrive out of just using a hammer!

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Basic Hammering Techniques
  • Controlling the hammer blows
  • Choosing the appropriate hammer to achieve the desired result
  • how to select or make the appropriate stake to work on
  • Students will experiment with making synclastic and anticlastic forms and creating transitions fro one form to an other. Also multiple ways of manipulating the surface to make spiculums and beads.
  • Make Stakes from wood and plastic and investigate other appropriate materials
  • Refinish or remake hammers from “Flea Market Finds.”

The students 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.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels.


Betty Helen Longhi is a nationally recognized metalsmith who has worked extensively with forming metal for jewelry and sculpture. Her work is recognized for its sculptural quality, flowing lines and subtle use of anodized niobium as a source of color. She attended the University of Wisconsin and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has studied with Heikki Seppa. 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 and School for American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology. 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.

Betty Helen and co-author Cynthia Eid, have written the book, “Creative Metal Forming” which has been recognized as “a must for anyone interested in learning the craft of metal forming”.

Since this workshop is three months out, we are unable to grant refunds for cancellations unless we are able to resell your seat, in which you will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. To register for the workshop please contact Thank you!