Fold Forming Jewelry Tutorial

Fold Forming Jewelry Tutorial


I’m here with Mark Nelson and he’s going to show us a fold forming technique that you can use to create the botanical shapes in your jewelry this is really a great technique mark it is a great technique it was actually pioneered by a guy named Charles Luton brain way back in the early 80s okay in the fault fold I’m gonna show you today was pioneered was discovered by a guy named Kevin Plunkett so this is called the Plunkett fold okay will show us what what do you start with it looks like you’re working with copper I’m working with copper it’s a great way to get used to the techniques before you go into silver okay that way you can get all that taken care of mm-hmm I am using a 26 gauge which is a little bit thinner mm-hmm then I normally do but that’s because it folds really easy fold all of this has been annealed mm-hmm heated and then quenched so that is very easy to manipulate by hand okay and I’m making a very subtle fold right here edge to edge mm-hmm and just a slight little pinch and doesn’t matter what size the piece of metal is that you’re working with you’re not really finger or square you know I did this about um Oh two inches square just to start with and it’s really been helpful for me to UM learn the technique okay and then what you’re gonna do is put it in a vise mm-hmm such a way I see go about that far so it looks like you’re at an angle you are at an angle it’s right okay nice and tight and then you kind of push it down a little bit and you start tapping it down I’m using a Goldsmith hammer it’s a nice little hammer there again with a smooth face and I’m watching the metal Bend I’m trying to keep it really centered you hear the tip that changing that’s noise yeah that means it’s work hardening so you’re being careful to be even on both sides right hammer it down take a mallet and we’re going to before you go on tell me a bit about this vise okay well this is just a regular bench vise and what I’ve done is modification with the copper okay let me show you this real quick this is kind of important mm-hm um these little plates come on and off and they’re lined with brass so that that there’s no teeth here oh I had to make those myself and they really help with the technique to keep the metal from getting marred I see so and so what we need is a mallet and we’re going to just kind of finish tapping it down a little bit and when we’re done we need to take this out and anneal it again okay what do you use a torch for that I use a torch all the times a lot quicker so I have a piece here annealed mm-hmm and what would you do now is when you fold this up so I stick one of the legs in there that and just kind of give it and you’re looking for like a 45 degree Bend and you can just do that with your hand I get it started with my hands and then so a few little taps dad mm-hmm and then do the other side nice and snug in there and we’re gonna tap this down kinda like that not very much just a little mm-hmm but you do the same thing on both sides exactly you need to even okay okay there again we’re gonna kneel you kneel up at every step alright now what we do is we go over to our little bench block here mm-hmm and we need to just kind of squish it and there again I got my bench block on a sandbag to kind of deaden the noise here we are alright so it’s flat again it’s flat again now we have to anneal it again exactly I’m learning reason being is that every time we hit it with a hammer will work hardening that one little spot and if we do that it’s gonna change the whole thing okay now we go over to this beauty what is that that is a rolling mill kind of like the rolls-royce of malt barley mills okay mostly cuz it’s developing britain britain but what we do is we do a dead pass dead pass is when you roll it through and nothing happens okay now we’re gonna tighten the rollers bring the rollers tighter together mm-hmm and we need to do the corner first a little smoother you see it’s kind of shiny a spot mm-hmm little more and we’ll do it one more time so now it’s nice and creased all right okay and we do what Anil it againi late again right I have to need to show you how to do annealing when these days yes you do he’s gonna kind of fold it open a little bit mm-hmm stick it in the vise okay and take some pliers and then you’re very carefully I start pulling it open and that’s when that magic happens so you’re actually going to start pulling the fold apart mm-hmm and you just gotta do it really slow really carefully if you have to stop in anneal again you can keep on doing that Wow not sores or shape where you really becomes clear yeah using the nature of the metal and to reflect nature or how what a good idea and so on this piece this is once you’ve pulled it apart right right once you have the shape you can cut it up fold mold it some more mm-hmm whatever you need to do and that looks like the color is a little bit different on the last one there yeah every time you anneal it the metal is a little bit different temperature reacts with the oxygen in the gases a little bit different and you get different patinas all right well thanks so much mark you’re welcome next we’ll be back on location with Lisa can and flowers with an inspirational message

4 Comments

  1. what do you do when you don't have a rolling mill? I just hammered mine as flat as I could with my mallet. I came out ok, but more straight without the curve.

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