Fold-Forming Bracelets with the Master
Instructor: Charles Lewton-Brain
March 10 & March 11, Friday & Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Class Fee: $520 | Materials List
Prerequisites: Basic fold forming skill required
Master metalsmith Charles Lewton-Brain developed and introduced the world to Fold Forming. Since then, many artists practice and teach the technique, however Charles is still the master! This intermediate workshop will focus on using fold-forming methods for making bracelets, concentrating on techniques and folds that work for bracelets, and the most appropriate fold-forming approaches for textures and designs. The workshop will include chasing on air, and trapping gems.
Tools are simple: fingers, hammer, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often in one annealing. Forms made with this method resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms and can be made with most metals, including steel. You know that fold-forming book you love? He wrote it! Basic fold forming skills required.
Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain has trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States to learn the skills he uses. His work is concerned with process and with beauty as well as function. He thinks of decision making in metal as drawing, working with the same sensibilities of mark and commitment as with pen and ink. Many pieces use a ‘printmaking’ approach to working metal, that is that the work is done in separate steps in groups and layers building towards the finished piece. Process and the tensions between nature and structure are part of his concerns. His work and writing on the results of his technical research, have been published internationally. In 1994 Brain Press was established which documents, publishes and markets the results of his research activities. His most recent publications include two major books in 2008, Foldforming with Brynmorgen Press, and The Jeweler’s Bench Book with MJSA Press.
A distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, he has lectured and taught in England, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia. He is a consultant on the jewelry field, and has written expert witness reports regarding health and safety in US legal cases.
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