Fold Forming Samples by Charles Lewton-Brain
Fold Forming


Mr. Charles Lewton-Brain

Level: All Skill Levels
Requirements: Basic Metalsmithing Skills
Program: Summer
Status: Wait List
Length: 3 Days
Tuition: $ 545
Materials: $ 30
Date: August 06, 2014 - August 08, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Metalwerx

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This course is currently full. Spaces do occasionally open up so if you would like to be put on the wait list please call our office at 781-891-3854 or email include your name, phone number, and email address).

Charles Lewton-Brain is credited with inventing fold forming, a metalsmithing technique recognized the world over as the only new, original innovation in metal working in millennia. Fold forming uses the metal's flexibility to make complex forms resembling chased, constructed and soldered shapes. You can rapidly achieve results is three to five minutes from single sheets of metal! The tools are simple: fingers, hammers, mallets, anvil, vise and rolling mill.

In three days of demonstration and practice, students will learn to achieve complex high-relief forms which are often possible with a single annealing. The workshop will use thin gauge copper but these techniques may be used with many metals including gold, silver, aluminum, niobium, and steel.

Fold forming structures and surfaces are applicable for jewelry, hollow ware, enameling, anodizing, etc. Students will focus on exploring the many possibilities this technique has to offer and can expect to create a large number of samples which can be incorporated into one's own work later on. Applying fold-forming to jewelry design will also be addressed.

Fold-forming info online at

Charles was recently honored with Canada's most prestigious craft award for 2012, the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. You can read more about these awards on the website for the Canada Council for the Arts or watch a CCA video in which Charles discusses his approach to jewelry making.

Materials & Tools

There is a materials fee of $30 for this class. It includes copper and other supplies used at the class. Additional copper will be available for sale as necessary at the workshop.

Metalwerx will also have hammers recommended by Charles Lewton-Brain available for purchase at the class.

Students Should Bring:

  • Notebook, pens, camera for recording samples.
  • Safety goggles and ear plugs or muffs.
  • Hammers and mallets if you have them. Best are forging and raising hammers.
  • Exacto Knife and Blades
  • If students wish to work in silver, they should bring their own. We recommend 24 gauge
  • Your favorite hand tools, saw, pliers, emery paper selection.

Here is a link with information about recommended tools for fold forming:

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