Professional Foldforming Techniques
Learn foldforming techniques with their inventor, Charles Lewton-Brain. Start with a discussion of the basic principles of foldforming and the tools you'll use for this unique process. Next, find out how to use foldforming to create basic line folds and forged line folds such as the elegant Ruger fold. With these fundamentals covered, you'll explore cutting and forming techniques for creating star folds, pleated folds and woven folds. Build on what you've learned to achieve more advanced folds such as chased wedge T-folds, rolled folds and cross folds. Move on to learning multiple methods for scoring and bending your work. Plus, Charles will explain how paper forms can help you design your own foldformed pieces.
Charles Lewton-Brain is a master goldsmith and the inventor of foldforming. For 19 years, he's served as the head of the Jewelry and Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada. In 1996, Charles collaborated with Dr. Hanuman Aspler to found the Ganoskin Project website, which is now the largest educational site in the world for jewelers. Charles is also the author of "Foldforming" and "The Jeweler's Bench Book."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Charles Lewton-Brain, your instructor and the inventor of foldforming. Then learn about the history and principles of foldforming. You'll also explore how metal moves, and find out about all the tools and techniques you'll use in your own foldforming practice.
Get started with line folds, the gateway to many other types of folds. Learn a variety of basic line folds before your move on to forged line folds such as the elegant Ruger fold. You'll also see how line folds can be incorporated into pieces of jewelry.
Move beyond the basic line fold and explore the possibilities of cutting and inventive forming as you discover the star fold, the pleated fold and woven folds. You'll also get the inside scoop on how Charles gets inspiration from nature.
Tackle T-folds as you learn the basic techniques and a variety of wedges. Along the way, find out how the process of unfolding can yield an endless array of effects and shapes.
Learn how to apply chasing and cross folds to your T-folds. Charles will also show you how to execute the elegant rolled and cross folds.
Charles will teach you two different methods of scoring -- one using a hammer and another using a separating disc. You'll see how to work with soldered pieces, and get inspiration for using these kinds of folds in your own work.
Finally, find out how paper forms can help you design your own foldformed pieces. You'll also learn more about the world of foldforming and creating a pleated fold.