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Fold-forming is a technique of metalworking whereby metal is folded, repeatedly forged and annealed, and unfolded; at which stage it generally has a dramatic new three-dimensional form.

The technique was invented in the late 1980s by Charles Lewton-Brain, an English-born goldsmith who lived and studied in Tanzania, the United States, and Germany before moving to Canada. Outside of the Industrial Revolution, the method represents the first major innovation in metalworking in thousands of years.[1] It can best be described as a combination of origami and traditional metalworking. By 1991, Lewton-Brain was winning awards for the technique and in 1997 workshops demonstrating the technique were at the core of the "Touch the Future" portion of the JCK International Jewelry Show in Orlando, Florida.

Hundreds of folds have now been categorized, and techniques now include use of traditional forging tools, rolling mills, and embedding wire and other objects into the folds.[2]


  1. ^ Revere, Alan. "THE INNOVATORS, PART IV: Charles Lewton-Brain: Goldsmith, Inventor, Teacher, Author, Publisher, Web Master" Professional Jeweller Magazine, June 1998, accessed 16 July 2006.
  2. ^ McCreight, Tim, ed. Metals Technic. Brynmorgen, 1992. pp 71-87 ISBN 0-9615984-3-3

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Independent Press
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Synclines are folded geological structures, typically caused by compressional stress, with younger layers closer to the center of the fold, forming the “pupil” of the eye. Although the team is examining “enigmatic domes, basins, and polygonal ...

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:26:15 -0700

For instance, we've done fold-forming bracelets. You're really focusing on one thing and really teaching them how to do every step of that bracelet, whereas when you're taking classes you're learning several different techniques and working on multiple ...
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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:37:30 -0700

In the exhibit, Houghtaling presents 55 pieces of wall art showing a variety of metalworking techniques such as fold forming, dapping, texturing, cold connecting and fire painting. The artwork also highlights the different textures and untouched colors ...
Langley AdvanceNews
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:21:18 -0700

Torch fired enameling, fold forming, etching, forging along with traditional wire and metalsmithing are some of the techniques I use. I love the transformation properties that occur when integrating the raw materials and techniques into my work,” she said.
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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:06:42 -0700

... continually looking at out students' needs to introduce new classes and services. For example, it will shortly be launching a second more advanced five day silver course including fold forming, cold connections and more advanced stone setting ...

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