Past Meetup

Fold Forming for Jewelry: Working Small with Charles Lewton Brain

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Price: $465.00 /per person
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This three day workshop is about using foldforming methods on a smaller scale, aiming for jewelry making, concentrating on techniques that work for jewelry, and the most appropriate foldforming approaches for textures, shapes and designs for small work. Bracelets, brooches and earrings are addressed.

Fold forming is a rapid, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. Rather than forcing form upon the material, forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. It's an original invention and is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal. Developed steadily since 1980, many schools teach it and thousands of people use the methods. Shaping is extremely efficient and fast (many radical changes in cross section and surface can be made in 3-5 minutes). Tools are simple; fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils and rolling mills. Complex high relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. The techniques work with all metals and are applicable for jewellery, holloware, sculpture, enamelling, anodizing etc.

students should have a basic knowledge of soldering and sawing

$465 for Members, $525 for non-members. Difference will be collected in class.

Fold Forming was invented in the late 1980s by Charles Lewton-Brain, an English-born goldsmith who lived and studied in Tanzania, the United States, and Germany before moving to Canada. Outside of the Industrial Revolution, the method represents the first major innovation in metalworking in thousands of years.

Charles published two major books in 2008, Foldforming with Brynmorgen Press, and The Jeweler's Bench Book with MJSA Press. Since 2012 he has co-juried the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, an international online exhibition.

In 1996 he began a web site collaboration with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in Thailand. The Ganoksin Project web site is now the largest educational site in the world for jewelers with over 4 million unique visitors a year who linger for an average of 20 pages and a 12,500 member archived, searchable discussion email list called Orchid. His writing started the site.

Notebook, pens, camera and film for recording samples.
Safety goggles and ear plugs or muffs
Hammers and mallets. Best are forging and raising hammers
Cash or check made out to BoMA for materials kit*

Selection of emery papers
100 grit aluminum oxide paper
5 minute epoxy
Thin copper sheet, 24 gauge (0.5mm). Precut
Brass wire, 22 gauge, (0.8mm)
18g iron binding wire
Table salt
Hydrogen peroxide.
Clear (transparent) auto enamel spray paint (or transparent lacquer)
Solder (medium or hard wire solder)
silicon carbide separating discs and screw mandrels for them
2 cardboard boxes
Rubber cement
Several Manila file covers
Brown (or white) industrial-type paper towel
*Materials kit purchase is required for all BoMA workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials require to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 10. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older.

You may cancel up to 45 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to [masked].
Cancellations less than 45 days prior to the start date will not be refunded,
In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.
Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student.

If the class is full, comment below with 'Please add me to the waitlist'