How to shape metal sheets

Sheet metal is used for building and manufacturing, car repair and making art sculptures. Numerous types of metal can be formed into sheet metal, including brass, copper, aluminium and titanium. Metal sheets are commonly shaped using a large apparatus called a break. This apparatus is typically found in large industrial workshops or auto body repair shops. However you can shape metal sheets at home using a few inexpensive items found at your local hardware shop.

Attach a vice to your workbench or table. A vice is an apparatus that is used to clamp an object and hold it firmly in place. Make sure it is attached to your work bench tightly so it doesn't slip off as you are bending the metal.

Place the metal sheet in between the jaws of the vice. Turn the lever to hold it tightly in place. Pull the sheet upwards to make sure it is attached tightly. Turn the lever more if needed.

Position the jaws to the angle you want. Light the butane torch and point it at the part of the sheet where you want it to bend. It will take about a minute for the metal to soften. Pull and shape the sheet as it starts to cool. Continue this process with other sections of the metal sheet.

Leave the metal sheet in the vice to cool down after you have got it to the shape you desire.


Make sure to wear a protective mask and gloves when working with a blowtorch and vice to prevent any injuries.

Things You'll Need

  • Vice
  • Torch
  • Workbench
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
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Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.