I love moving metal…hammering and manipulating it into dimensional forms…imparting textures using stamps, punches, rolling mills and finishing techniques.
One of the most intriguing and satisfying metal techniques I have experimented with is fold-forming. Fold-forming is like origami using sheet metal instead of paper. This is a fairly modern technique invented by Charles Lewton-Brain around 1980 as a completely new way of forming sheet metal quickly into wonderful dimensional shapes and textures, from a single sheet of metal without any soldering. The primary tools employed in this technique are fingers for folding, hammers, mallets, anvils & rolling mills for forging & forming and a torch for annealing the metal.
The dynamic and fascinating shapes that one is able to achieve using the fold-forming method are unique to this technique. The metal can be worked into high-relief forms that imitate the look of chased and soldered forms.
Charles Lewton-Brain has committed himself to sharing his knowledge to educate and build a community of metalsmiths. He is the founder of Ganoskin and the Orchid Forum. I am really glad that he has decided to give away his vast knowledge and welcome us to learn more about metalsmithing. To quote Lewton-Brain, “The secrecy shrouding so many techniques is evidence of small minds trying to protect small properties.
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Some fold-forming technique from SATeam members.