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It just randomly occurred to me that with a torch, some thin sheet stock, and a lot of frustration, It might be possible to make some simple "hand forged" origami sculptures like they make out of paper. A quick Google search yielded no relevant results. Anybody tried this?

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Yes, it's called, "Form Folding." Charles Lewton Brain is the fellow who came up with this a couple few decades ago, I THINK it's one of the only new metal shaping arts thought of in I don't know how long. It's actually more involved than origame because metal is plastic where paper is inflexible. Charles is evidently giving tutorials online I haven't talked to him since the accident I had to limit how many different metal working techniques I practice. Fold forming is a LOT of fun. The last is Bill Roberts, an online friend who does or did large scale fold forming in aluminum using power hammers and such. House jewelry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Noad96KsI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es4uyKyfTXw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywxBZgpdvo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFxzc_cvLsM

There are folk fold forming much closer to origame but a lot of the cool of it comes from stretching it with forging blows after it's folded. 

Frosty The Lucky.

 

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Charles Lewton-Brain also has a book titled "Foldforming"  Al

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Didn't see THAT coming when you asked did you? 

It's fun, give it a try sometime.

Frosty The Lucky.

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It wasn't strictly metal-origami but it was origami inspired...

Essentially just half cutting through sheet to create a weak line to bend easily along, fold, fill with weld & grind back.

 

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