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Foldforming Hardcover – April 15, 2008

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About the Author

Charles Lewton-Brain received his initial training in Germany and later earned a Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz. In the 1980s he invented a way of working with metal that exploits its inherent behaviors. Through hundreds of workshops and in his position at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Charles has developed the science and art of foldforming to its current high standard.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Brynmorgen Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929565267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929565269
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 22, 2009
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This gorgeous book addresses a huge family of forming techniques, a family that is still under active exploration. These techniques create a wide range of varied forms, and add to the traditional methods of fabrication as much as they draw from them. If you have any experience in metalwork, you'll find plenty to add to your existing skills, and at least as much that your current knowledge can add to what's presented here.

Clear, descriptive photos fill just about every page. These pictures serve three major purposes: they instruct in technique, they show the kinds of results that each technique can create, and they display masterworks that exemplify the finest results experienced crafters can produce - sometimes, all at once. Artisans at every level will find something they can use. Someone with just a hammer and bench block can get great results, as can the maker with access to a powered rolling mill and hydraulic forming press. My one peeve with this book, and it's just a small one, is that Lewton-Brain never specifies the thickness of materials to work with. I know that he encourages direct experience and experimentation, but the beginner might want to know whether to start closer to 24ga or 12ga sheet - it makes a difference.

One thing that makes this book attractive is its emphasis on inexpensive materials, the kind you don't mind making mistakes with. Samples in gold and silver appear, of course, but nearly all of the demonstrations use copper - not just because of cost, but also because of its unique working properties and the many kinds of surfaces it yields. The big appeal, however, is not just the organic beauty of the results, but the sense of play and exploration that pervades this book. I can't think of any other book on any craft that conveys so much pure fun in handling the material.

-- wiredweird
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Alexa on July 4, 2009
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Thorough presentation of techniques. Photos and directions are clearer guide to the techniques than the instruction I received in a 3 day workshop taught by a student of the author. In fact a student in the class had a copy of the book which had just been published, and we took turns consulting it, especially the photos. This book is different from the step-by-step books that consist of a certain number of projects resulting in finished pieces of jewelry designed by the author. Foldforming does not lend itself to such an approach, so look elsewhere if that is what you want. The purpose of this book is to allow you to understand the dynamics of foldforming, practice the techniques, quickly master the wide range of folds presented, and use your creative imagination to combine them in unique ways to make jewelry or other objects of your own design.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Firebyrdflight on January 22, 2012
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Although this is a book full of color plates, the Kindle version downloaded in black and white! Nowhere is it stated that this would be the case, and Amazon was careful not to post a sample of the Kindle version on the "look inside" screen.
Shame on you, Amazon! How many of us paid the extra and bought the Kindle Fire because it supposedly makes it possible to read magazines and art-type books in color! If the Kindle version of this type of book isn't in color, that needs to be clearly stated!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By W Bergamin on August 8, 2009
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I had seen some jewellery made using foldforming and I decided that I wanted to try it but could find no suitable classes in my area. A friend told me about this book so I ordered it.
It was the best decision I have ever made as the book is extremely readable and the projects are both easy to do with minimum tools and with cheaper metals.
Instant gratification! I know I will refer back to this book in my metal smithing for years to come.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jokat on April 13, 2010
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I have just decided to write this review having been sat on this book for months! I got it before xmas and flicked through it and thought, cool. Then left it alone until now.
I have, over the last week read and re read this cover to cover. It is BRILLIANT. Even if you feel your not really into foldforming or manipulating large amounts of metal - somehow charles lewton brain crosses some kind of conversational/literature boundary and makes you feel engaged in a dialogue with him. Its unbelievable and has made me think that I need to go and buy every jewellery book this guy has ever written!! He discusses the possibilities of things and the absolute fundamental technique of doing it in the most basic step by step formats. He has done this book in such a clever way, I can't even fully put my finger on how he's done this - but somehow this book has made me feel more competent and capable than I have in ages. I've had exciting discovery after exciting discovery these last few days. Its been brilliant. Upon first glance I seriously underestimated this book - I could see it was good and nicely done, but I really underestimated its actual conversation.. It seems to me that one of the things thats so good about its teaching content is how unassuming and simple he makes things seem - very "undaughnting". It makes you feel like you can just go and have a crack at it with little or no cost - to just play about and see what you come up with. I love it. (and recommend it. lol)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hopeypooze on October 22, 2009
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This book really got me excited. I love the organic, natural shapes caused by fold-forming, and I never would have believed that such beautiful things could be made with so little fuss. The author's deep understanding of metallurgy makes this technique work, and yet even someone like myself with only a novice's understanding can have a thrilling time hammering and come out with beautiful metal shapes, because the book is so well written, photographed, and just unassumingly empowering. My only sad face is because I will probably never get to study with the author in person.
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