▪ Fold Forming Basics ▪

Fold-forming was invented by Charles Lewton-Brain in the late 1980s as a completely new way of forming, folding and unfolding sheet metal quickly into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures. In this 6 hour Fold Forming Basics workshop you�ll make pendants, cuffs, leaves and earrings from copper sheet metal. Heat patinas will also be discussed and applied to some of your pieces.

Skill Level

All skill levels welcome. Students must be comfortable around the torch.


Important: There is no need for you to go out and purchase any tools. All tools necessary for completing the project will be available at the workshop. However, some training venues have a smaller tool inventory than others, which may mean sharing.

For that reason, I recommend you bring your own small hand tools (i.e. pliers, cutters, favorite hammer, metal shears, etc.) if you have them. (Note: I usually have quality tools available for purchase at the workshop.) Contact me if you have any questions.

The following is a list of tools that we'll be using during the workshop.

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flush or semi-flush cutters that will cut up to 12 gauge wire
  • Ball peen or chasing hammer
  • Riveting hammer
  • 6 inch ruler
  • Metal hole punch 1.8 - 3 mm (3/32 inch)
  • Plastic or rawhide mallet
  • Steel bench block or anvil
  • Sharpie® or other indelible pen
  • Hand towel
  • Small bench vise


Each training venue sets its own workshop fees. You'll find contact information for each venue on my Class Schedule page.

In addition to the workshop fee, a separate materials fee will be paid at the workshop to cover all materials needed to complete the project. The materials fee includes a full-color step-by-step written tutorial.

"Probably the most fun jewelry making class I've ever taken."