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I have been learning some fold forming, from Lewton-Brains site and ganoksin and other online jewelry forums. I am only beginning to scratch the surface, but here are some pieces I have done.



score and fold

Some of these are score and fold - where you take a separating disk and score the back of the piece and then fold it along the score lines. Solder from the back is used to reinforce the score lines/fold line on those.


Bill Roberts's picture

Janice, I'm a BIG fan of

I'm a BIG fan of fold forming, both for small scaled jewelry work as well as large scaled pieces. It's one of the fastest "form development" methods I've ever used. Loved seeing your pieces. I really like your second's my fav.


JaniceF's picture

Thanks Bill! Unfortunately

Thanks Bill!

Unfortunately I haven't played with it in a while. I get caught up in a new skill until a new one comes along that interests me. Like now its repousse....but I want to come back to fold forming....just so much to do and so little time! I have been contemplating a 'need' to settle in on a few techniques and really just concentrate on them. Sometimes I feel rather schizophrenic in leaping all around. Maybe its the nature of the beast for some of us, but it seems the people who REALLY excel have focused on a technique or area and devoted a lot of time to learning it and then pushing its limits. I think I'd like to do that, but can't seem to settle on any one thing.


Fred Zweig's picture

They look great!


It is great to see you explore the possibilities of a process such as fold forming. Charles is an incredible metalsmith and great to talk to. It is possible to do foldforming and combine it with repousse and chasing. Sort of like you did on the second piece.

Fred Zweig

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fold forming


Your pieces are really beautiful and I love the patina.


eligius1427's picture

Great work

I love these pieces. Didn't know anything about fold forming till i saw it on this site yesterday. It seems very versatile and the possibilities endless. Can't wait to explore it further.


JaniceF's picture

Jake, I look forward to

Jake, I look forward to seeing what you make!

Here is the site to go to for information:



B.J. Severtson's picture

Roller printed ?

Like these, very much. Just caught your reply to another post and it reminded me that I wanted to notice, to mention your roller printing on pic one.. Many won't understand how that's done. I'm not set up to demo it at this time. Perhaps you could ? Just another day on the butterfly farm. Brad

JaniceF's picture

Yep - I can take some pics

Yep - I can take some pics tonight. After a late night last night I think my son will be in bed early tonight, so I'll have some time to play. :)


visitor's picture

nicely done. seeing how

nicely done. seeing how these pics were from 2007, i am sure you have mastered the technique. i actually just did my first piece yesterday, and enjoyed it sooo much i finished 4 cuff bracelet and dont plan on stopping anytime soon. this technique seems to be very addictive. i pretty much fiqured it out on my own, my boyfriend being a blacksmith gave me a few techniques, and now i am looking forward to actually checking out some forums from Brain and Ganoskin. Any advice? good luck with everything and hope this finds you in good spirits.
shannon reeves
A Choice Bit of Claico Jewelry Designs and Co-Owner of Bead Here Now

JaniceF's picture

Thank you so much! I go

Thank you so much!

I go between techniques so I can't say I'm a 'master' at anything, but I do enjoy hammering and folding. :)

My best advice? PLAY! Practice. Persue.

Just keep at it - have fun - oh, and take notes! It really does help. :)


Paula's picture

Nice shapes and love the

Nice shapes and love the textures!
Guthrie, MN

JaniceF's picture

Thanks Paula ! ! ~Janice

Thanks Paula ! !


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Hi am am new at all this metal stuff but i am anxious to learn, i would like to know how to make a photo charm,just a plain frame with a back. Thank you

lamar's picture

love it

I love your work. Just started it myself. What is a separating disk and scored folding? Thanks Laura

B.J. Severtson's picture

score and fold

Laura Score and fold is a method of getting more precise folds. The technique makes it possible to fold curved folds. A separating disk is the jewelers equivalent of a cut off wheel, much smaller. 1/2 inch up to about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are usually a silica or corundum, there are also diamond wheels that can be used to remove a small channel of metal. Gravers can also be used, and the concept adapted to create a graver that bites on the pull stroke instead of a push stroke. Separating disks are used with a flex shaft. There are other ways to get precise folds, too. BJ

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Laura, BJ was kind enough to answer, I've been in the midst of some family and health issues. Just wanted to also say that you can get a nice 'score' by shaping iron wire or steel wire and taping it onto your metal and then hammering it. It will leave a good impression and you can then anneal and form on the line. :)

Have fun!


Kev's picture

Fold Forming

Hi Janice,
Love your work, how long have you been doing this for...... we must be related and you are the artistic one !!! Keep up the good work.

Kev FOWLER Toowoomba Qld Australia

JaniceF's picture

Wow, a Fowler down under?

Wow, a Fowler down under? How cool is that Mate??!

I have been tinkering around in jewelry for about 5 years now maybe - working in sheet metals for 4 or so...soldering for 3. Luvin' every minute of it. Off to check out your profile.


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Fold Forms

I really like your pieces. Very pretty. I love Ganoskin. The one thing about being a jeweler and a metal person is that you never get too bored before you find something you haven't tried or a new variation on something you have already done.

earthboar jewelry's picture

Loving it

The work is beautiful. I am just starting foldforming and hope I can create some very cool things. Totally loving the next to last photo.


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how thin did you roll your metal out before you started? 24 gauge or even smaller then that?

Rich Waugh's picture

You're responding to a

You're responding to a thread that is a couple of years old. To answer your question in a general way though, it is easiest to start out with copper sheet of 16 ounce (per square foot) weight which is about 24 gauge. Easier than rolling down thicker stock.