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Professional Foldforming Techniques

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Charles
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Charles Lewton-Brain
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. New Directions in Line Folds
4. T-Folds
5. Advanced Fold Forms
6. Scored & Bent Folds
7. Design & Experimentation

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Charles Lewton-Brain
Charles Lewton-Brain
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.

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