Foldforming

Brynmorgen Press
978-1929565269
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Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain invented fold-forming, a completely new way of forming sheet metal quickly into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures, most from single sheets of metal without any soldering. Fold-forming uses sheet material, folds it, works it and then unfolds it. Many schools and workshops teach and use fold-forming, and thousands of people use parts of the system in their work. The British Museum Research Lab and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, among others have certified that Fold-forming is new, and has not been done before in the history of metal working.

Fold forming is a new system of metal forming developed between 1980 and the present which is the concrete result of a conceptual approach to metalsmithing that emphasizes forming using the metals characteristics. It is about following what the metal likes to do.

160 pages, (Hardcover), 450+ photos

Item #: BK799

Rather than forcing form upon the material forms are to some extent derived from the natural tendencies of the plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. Because one does not fight the metal or force form upon it forming is extremely efficient and very rapid (many radical changes in cross section and surface can be made in 3-5 minutes). Shapes often resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms and can often not be arrived at in any other way in a comparable working time. The techniques may be used with most metals including aluminum, niobium and steel. As there is no soldering for high relief forms the surfaces are applicable for jewelery, holloware, enamelling, anodizing etc.