One of the techniques I use in some of my work is called fold forming. It can have soft folds that make metal look like fabric, sharp folds that cause the metal to stretch into three-dimensional forms, or a combination of folding and forging to make fantastical forms. The picture below is an example of a soft fold.
The leaves are an excellent example of fold forming because they have a central spine.
Here's a leaf pendant made in an Art Nouveau style.
You can get great dimensional shape like these 3-D flowers and cups. These are more appropriate for sculpture, hollow ware and decorative elements.
This is a big leaf and a boat shape.
I like the fold forming techniques for their organic nature, but I lean more towards the score folding techniques because they're more easily adapted to jewelry.
Copyright 2011 by Katherine Palochak