Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway : Foldforming

By on Monday, July 25, 2016 46 Comments

Not too long ago, I reviewed Charles Lewton-Brain's Professional Foldforming Techniques Craftsy Class.  What he teaches is his innovative method of folding and forming metal sheets. The video format is excellent for those who cannot get to this acclaimed metalsmith's class.   However, his book covers much more than the basics.  There is also one advantage - it is a silent resource as you won't be hearing any hammer blows!



I received his book, Foldforming from Brynmorgen Press.  The book is available  as a hardback or in the Kindle format from Amazon.  Or in other ebook formats from the publisher's site.  The book starts off with a look at the large number of foldforming  techniques possible. It is the culmination of 25 years of work in this technique. As Charles Lewton-Brain himself said, there is a limitless number of possibilities as more and more people "invent" new variations.



It is an impressive range considering most of the foldforming techniques are based on just  4 basic steps. The Materials and Tools chapter is an important section as the author covers vital information on the properties of metals and how to manipulate them. Also striking is the different types of hammers, vises and anvils that can be used. He also covers other specialist equipment like hydraulic presses which is used in one category of foldforming.



Line and T folds are the most basic of of the foldforming techniques.


The author moves on to teach an astonishing array of creative folds many of which are 3D.  One of my favorites is the tub forming section (not shown) where the metal tube is "ruched" much like how fabric curtains or clothing are gathered up.


Scattered throughout the book are beautiful inspirational art sculptures which showcase the potential of these foldforming techniques. 

The author said in the book, "I think huge opportunities exist for combining foldforming techniques. They can be combined with each other, or used alongside conventional metalsmithing techniques in innovative ways. Most of the work that has been done so far stays close to the usual jewelry scale, but work on larger and smaller forms is inevitable. "



This book is a tremendous resource and guide for any serious metalsmith.  Highly recommended.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Foldforming, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international. 
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a choice of a physical book or an eBook.  Otherwise it will be an eBook if the winner is outside the US. 

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  August 1, 2016 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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46 comments:

  1. This would be great to go along with the class.

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  2. Just tweeted about the book review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/757566865275097088

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  3. That sounds like a very interesting book and would love to win it. tdm6926@bellsouth.net

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  4. Ohhhhh!!! Fold forming!!!! I took a workshop doing this and LOVED it!!! This looks like a fantastic book that is very detailed!! Love the pics and step by step!!! It would be well loved in my workshop!!

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  5. Would love to win this...Thank you for the opportunity!

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  6. wow, the book seems to promise so many possibilities using fold forming

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  7. Beautiful....I would love to give this a try!!
    Carol
    DesigningIt.etsy.com

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  8. WOW! The more I learn the more I Want To Learn. This looks very interesting and as I am learning to make bezels this book and instructions would be a wonderful WIN!

    Thanks for your great reviews and the chances to win too.

    Subscriber

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  9. Hi Pearl,
    Fold Forming really grabs me. I've done a little and am looking forward to doing much more.

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  10. I am drawn to the look and feel of folded Metal. I would love to learn this technique and start making my own creations.

    Pick me!!!😃

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  11. Would love to try this!

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/ParkerPendants

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  12. Have always been intrigued with this technique. Would love to win. Thanks. Blog subscriber as well.
    marlene strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  13. I follow you both on Twitter Facebook Linked in and E-mail blog as well I'd love this book as the technique is one I really want to try and my local school doesn't cover it in their classes

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  14. I've done some fold forming and it's a blast. Good way to get all your anxieties out, lol. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  15. I tried foldforming this year by myself and love it. Having a book by the foldforming inventor would be a dream come true.

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  16. How do I leave contact info? I'm not going to post my email address for the world!

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    1. Some people disguise their email so it cannot be read easily by bots. Or you can link to your Facebook. Or email me at pearl [at} beadinggem dot com (see? disguised!)

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  17. All of the variations of folds and amazing results pictured in your review are fascinating. I've been wanting to try fold forming but always need more than what's possible in a class. Would love to win this.
    Mona

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  18. Ohhh I must have this book, Please! I had never find it 'in stock'.
    I would like to learn if I can use this technique also with sterling silver. Silver leaf earrings can be awesome!
    I love your book reviews.

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  19. This book would be a wonderful resource while learning foldforming, blog follower karlynr@gmail.com

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  20. I just recently did some simple fold forming and man is it ever addictive. I would love to win this book as I think this may be the start of something grand.
    deb4tin at gmail dot com

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  21. His work is outstanding. I would love the book to try some more of his techniques. Plus it is a lovely piece of art in itself. ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  22. And to think he lives just down the road ....sigh!

    Do chuck my name in there Pearl - I'd love to learn from the master!

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  23. Thanks for the opportunity to win, Pearl.

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  24. Oh, this is a fantastic resource - I'd love to own it!
    Thank you for the opportunity!
    Alicia

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  25. I would SO love to win this book. I have wanted to try my hand at form folding for so long. What a great motivator this would be!

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  26. I love metal and fold forming is on my list of things to do.
    www.queenebead.com
    queenebead@q.com

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  27. I have been working with silver and copper for a while, but I had to learn through a very expensive trial and error method. Having this would make it less expensive and let me learn new ways of doing things.

    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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    1. This is a fabulous giveaway-a chance to come as close as most of us will come to studying under the tutelage of a master as Mr. Lewton-Brain! It would be an honor to win this!
      Thank you for this opportunity.

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  28. Pat Buchanan Pbuchannan@aol.comJuly 26, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    This way of working metal fascinates me. I'd like to learn how to do it.

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  29. looks like a great resource book for beginners like me. Thanks for the oppurtunity.
    srisen2001@yahoo.co.in

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  30. looks like a beautiful and useful book!
    (I'm a follower on FB and also of the blog via Bloglovin, melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  31. I've had a chance to "glance" thru this book and felt envy for the owner. I promised myself I would own it someday.

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  32. This looks like it is so detailed. I love all the different ways to use/showcase foldforming.

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  33. What a great opportunity to get a great book.

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  34. What an interesting sounding book

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  35. Just tweeted again about the review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/758281680515768324

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  36. This book would definitely help me practice more.

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  37. Tweeted about the review & giveaway. This looks like a great book, especially to go with my class.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/758839454341574656

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  38. Would love to have this to go along with my class from him. Tweeted about it.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/759022416475459584

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  39. Just tweeted again about this great book and your giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/759376495378702336

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  40. This looks complicated but beautiful I wish I knew how to do it! Thanks for the chance to win!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  41. I'm an email subscriber
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    Sarah Scott Oswald

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  42. Loving this book. Tweeted again.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/759770799381159936

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