Well, I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where there are lots of small shops and craft centers that offer weekend classes for basic forging and other metalwork skills. I don't know if they have that sort of thing in Romania, it's worth a look if you're interested.
Thank you, it was all done freehand with punches and little tools that push the metal around. All I did was draw on the surface of a flat sheet to create the pattern I wanted and then the rest is just a matter of working the piece from both sides to get the desired depth / height.
No real raising, per se, it was all done in the pitch pot. I find that the sharp angles come pretty naturally; when you define a shape with any corners and just work it so that you have a single plane that extends up from each one to a peak, it almost defines itself in a way. More than once I had a shape in mind and as I worked on it, and then the piece just kind of told me "nope, it's going to look like this now and by the way, this looks better than what you had in mind."
Yeah, it's tough to really describe well without a visual aid. Just something about the resistance of the metal itself when you work on either side of a peak allows you to get a really sharp looking edge.
Strangely, no. The tool I use is almost the complete opposite of a chisel; it's called a planisher and it is essentially a flat face, almost like a hammer face. It's used on the outside of the piece and the way it tamps the metal down combined with the resistance of the material can create nice, sharp lines.
The hinges and clasp are made essentially the same way; you take a piece of sheet metal and bend it around a wire cut from the same stock that the pin will be and then make little square cutouts that sit opposite the ones you do in the other half of the hinge.
Yeah, copper is super nice to work with, especially the thin stuff I have.
No, I learned how to do this by taking a weekend class at a craft center not far from where I was living at the time. I had a pretty basic idea of how the whole technique worked before I walked in, but never really had any firsthand experience with it.