Die Forming without a Press by Robert Dancik

Robert Dancik, artist, inventor and instructor, holds a Masters degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in fine art from Adelphi University. He has been an artist/teacher for more than 30 years and is presently an adjunct professor of education at Pace University. Robert has taught people from kindergarten to graduate school while exhibiting his jewelry and sculpture in museums and galleries across the US and in Europe, Japan, and Australia. While concrete may seem an unlikely material for jewelry, this specially formulated powder creates a final product that is lighter than stone, resin, metal clay or metal. It's easy to use: just add water and it sets in minutes, cures in about an hour. Solid Expressions Artist's Concrete by Robert Dancik is versatile and strong: pour it, mold it, tint it, and embed it with virtually anything! Add Robert's Solid Expressions Pigment to change the color to light or intense.

In this video, Robert shows how to die form without a press. Robert uses a vice and faux bone. Die forming is a way of forming metal metal sheet by pushing it through a die. Usually, die forming requires a hydraulic press which is heavy, big and expensive. Get around that with Robert's technique!

The tools and supplies used in this video are listed below

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