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Taught by Charles Lewton-Brain
Online Class

Professional Foldforming Techniques

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h24m

Included in this Class

1. How Metal Moves

1. How Metal Moves

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.

2. Line Folds

2. Line Folds

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.

3. New Directions in Line Folds

3. New Directions in Line Folds

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.

Recommended with this class

  • Hammers, including chasing, bordering and raising hammers
  • Vise (4-5" [10-13 cm] wide)
  • Flex shaft
  • Anvil