This tutorial describes how to make a seed pod shape using fold-forming. The fold is called the Rueger fold. It requires inexpensive tools and is quite easy to do! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the contact box at the bottom of this page.
Materials (Figure 1):
– Metal sheet, 24-28 gauge
– Torch and water for quenching
– Bordering/forging hammer
– Solderite pad or other heat resistant surface
– Raw hide or plastic mallet
– Metal cutters (I use bonsai scissors)
– Permanent marker pen (Sharpie)
– Bench block or anvil
– Oyster knife or other object that can be used to open the final fold-form
- Fold the metal sheet in half, flatten with a mallet and draw an elongated shape with a marker pen. Cut out the shape (Figure 2).
- Begin to forge along the closed edge with parallel, repeated blows, starting from the middle and moving towards each end (Figure 3).
- Anneal the metal. First draw a few lines on both sides of the metal with your permanent marker. Heat the metal with the torch from one side until the marker pen lines disappear. Quench, flip it over, and repeat the process on the other side
- Forge again, just like before. Anneal and quench and repeat the cycle 8-20 times, depending on how much you would like your seed pod to curve (Figure 4).
- Anneal a final time and pry the fold form open with an oyster knife or similar object (I use the back of a laboratory spoon). It will now have a lovely, three-dimensional shape (Figure 5).