Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry with Charles Lewton-Brain

Friday April 26, 2024, 5 pm PT

April 27 – 28, 2024 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Creator Haven, 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

Charles Lewton-Brain invented fold-forming, and the guild is happy to offer this opportunity to learn from him in-person this Spring in Watsonville, California.

Member price: $410
Non-Member price: $455

NO kit fee for this workshop

The workshop is open to everyone.

Join the guild now or renew an expired membership now to take advantage of member pricing.


Quickly form copper sheet metal into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures from sheets of metal without any soldering.

Learn many low-impact  ways to fold metal in this 2 day workshop. You’ll leave with samples and ideas for further exploration. The workshop focuses on using foldforming methods in a smaller scale, aiming for jewelry making, concentrating on techniques that work for jewelry. You’ll learn the most appropriate foldforming approaches for textures, shapes and designs for small work. Bracelets, brooches and earrings are addressed.

Fold-forming uses sheet material, folds it, works it and then unfolds it. Fold forming is a quick, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It emphasizes forming using the metal’s characteristics.  Shaping is extremely efficient and rapid (many are 3-7 minutes working time). Tools are simple; fingers, hammers, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often on one annealing.


Register here for the wait list for the Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry Workshop on April 27 & 28, 2024. If a spot opens up, we will contact people on the Wait List in the order in which they have added their name. If we do not hear from them within 24 hours, the next person will move to the top of the list. If we don’t hear from that person within 24 hours, it will be offered to the next person on the list. 


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Safety goggles, but you may bring your own if you wish.

Creator Haven has kits with goldsmith hammers, rubber mallets, and other basic metal tools, and we have an few hammers to share. 

Optional things to bring if you have them, but don’t worry if you don’t have them: chasing tools, especially lining/tracer tools, aviation snips, half round ring forming pliers. We have these to share, but you may want your own. Cheap aviation snips are available for purchase at Harbor Freight.

If you’d like to purchase a forging or raising hammer, please let Pat Evans know via the email address in your registration confirmation email. We will be placing an order for the forging hammers Charles recommends. Price TBD. 


  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Camera (phone cameras can work well) for recording samples
  • Ear plugs or ear muffs
  • Hammers and mallets, especially forging and raising hammers.

Please bring your own lunch. We have a refrigerator, microwave and convection oven. We provide coffee and  tea. The refrigerator has filtered water. If you don’t want to bring a lunch, there are fast food restaurants nearby.

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Please review the Creator Haven COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. All workshop participants are required to agree to and execute the COVID-19 and General Liability releases prior to beginning the workshop.

In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.

Cancellations more than two weeks prior to class are refundable less a 5% service fee. Cancellations two weeks or less prior to class are not refundable unless there is a wait list for the class AND the seat is filled.

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More About Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain is a master goldsmith. He trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. Charles Lewton-Brain’s work is concerned with nature and structure. His jewelry and research into compositional systems for metalworking have been published internationally. He invented and disseminated foldforming, a system of working sheet metal new to the field. 

Lewton-Brain has been recognized globally for his art work, and received Canada’s highest honor for Craft, The Saidye Bronfman Governor Generals Award. A distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, he has lectured and taught in England, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia. He is a consultant on the jewelry field, and has written expert witness reports regarding health and safety in US legal cases. He co-founded the Ganoksin Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in 1996, now the worlds largest educational website for jeweler’s information.  Author of nine books and hundreds of articles, he has taught hundreds of workshops internationally.