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We offer a 30% Discount
for Group Orders
Ten book minimum order, mix and match is ok.

Our professional level books are available to group orders from students, lapidary clubs and associations. We let you mix and match the titles you want and then mail them to you. You get a great 30% discount. There is a minimum 10 book order. This is the list of the books we can offer you on these terms. Most are by Charles Lewton-Brain. Shipping costs will vary.

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  7. We mail them to you. It can take 10-21 days to reach a North American Address. Shipping Notes
ResellerOrder Book List US$ Retail Group Price
Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop $34.95 $24.46
Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches $34.95 $24.46
Small Scale Photography Video and Text Book $59.95 $41.96
Small Scale Photography Book by Itself $34.95 $24.46
The Jewelry Workshop Safety Report $34.95 $24.46
Fold-Forming Paper (49 pages) Classic $19.95 $13.96
Fold-Forming Overview CDROM $59.95 $41.96 (pending)
Fold Forming Video Classic $23.50 $16.45
Patinas for Small Studios Classic $19.95 $12.60
Gold Surface Applications: A Technology Review $19.95 $13.96
Gold Surface Applications Under Enamels $18.00 $12.60
Bench Tricks For Goldsmithing CD Recent! $34.95 $24.46
Build Your Own Draw Bench Instructions $19.95 $13.96
The Polishing Report Recent! $22.00 $15.40
Lewton-Brain Compilation #1 CD Recent! $44.00 $30.80
The Bibliography Lists $15.50 $10.85
Shareware Book Classic $32.00 $22.40
Depletion Gilding: A historical and technical introduction $15.50 $10.85
Keum-Boo: Hot Burnished Gold Foil NEW!  $24.95 $17.46
Diderot: Notes on Chasing NEW! $15.50 $10.85
Making a Chain Tool For Chasing NEW! $18.00 $12.60
Ornament and Object -- Anne Barros $28.95 $20.26
River Trip (Exhbition Catalog) -- Lewton-BrainNEW! $39.95 $27.96

To group order the following books by Charles Lewton-Brain (Ten minimum for %40 off):
FoldForming or The Jeweler's Bench Book

Brain Press Publications

Compilation #1 CDROM by Charles Lewton-Brain Recently Published!

This CD is a compilation of ten original papers by Charles Lewton-Brain. They would cost over $100 if purchased separately. They are presented as PDFs. The papers included are:

Chasing Tools and Punches: Quickly making chasing tools for repousse work.
Draw Bench: Building a good draw bench.
Earring Posts: How to make earring posts for earrings.
Gold Fusion: Inlaying gold and silver into copper for patterned sheet for construction and enameling.
Preventing Fire Scale: Ways to avoid fire-scale when heating sterling silver.
Fold Forming: Original 1985/96 classic that introduced fold-forming.
Patinas for Small Studios: Describes patinations to create blues, greens, browns, blacks, grays and reddish tones on metals.
Shareware (1996): Wide-ranging, eclectic, suppliers, sources, technical info, patinas, stonesetting, tools, reviews, gemology and metalsmithing.
Small Tools For Jewelers: Nine fantastic bench tools to make life easier and working faster.
Introduction to Tube Setting for Gems; Introduces tools and methods for tube setting for jewelers. $44.00
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Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmiths by Charles Lewton-Brain

This book analyzes hinges and hinge-like mechanisms in a manner never done before in a single volume. We feel it will be a classic. Along with history, generics, classes of hinges, guiding principles, sections include: design, tube making, hinge pins (force-fit, riveted, upset, tapered, cotter type, tubing, square, threaded, stud), hinge types (basic, thick-walled, locket, bracelet, box, block, cold-rolled, tab, cast and milled), lubrication, catch systems, hidden, alternative, cast hinges and solving design problems. Good index and table of contents. 112 pages, over 200 line drawings.. Print is $34.95. ISBN 0-9698510-3-0
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Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop by Charles Lewton-Brain

This is a loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks and alternative equipment options for goldsmiths. Cheap tool making, conversions and unexpected sources for tools are all described. Sections include shop machines, tools, setting tools, soldering and more. Lots of drawings, lists and reviews of sources round out the book. A good table of contents and index make finding information easy. 80 pages. 82 line drawings. $34.95
ISBN 0-9698510-6
Note that the Bench Tricks Powerpoint CD comes with this PDF included. Print is $34.95.

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Bench Tricks For Goldsmithing CD by Charles Lewton-Brain Just Published!

This 2006 Powerpoint slide show with commentary has over 200 pictures of really great bench tricks, cheap tool sources, surprising ways of using tools and more. This lecture has been presented in New York and Tucson for MJSA and AGTA. It is guaranteed to show you new ways of saving money, making tools and equipment work for you and make you think. Save hundreds of dollars if you apply the ideas in this show. It is available on a CDROM. It comes as a Powerpoint show. Free powerpoint readers are available online for Mac and PC platforms. Included is a printable PDF file of the book Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop. This CDROM with both the Bench Tricks Show and Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop Ebook is $34.95.
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The Polishing Report by Charles Lewton-Brain Recently Published!

This Paper proposes a system for polishing jewelry successfully. It is about a core Polishing Set of tools, the basic buffs and more for a working jeweler. The stages of polishing are broken into four major steps: large cutting, small cutting, large bright coloring and small bright coloring. Full of tips and tricks the Polishing Report tells you how to polish, remove fire scale, create sharp inside right angles and avoid overpolishing. Sections include holding items, cleaning polishing compound, alternative polishing wheels and more. 31 pages. Print is $22.00
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Small Scale Photography Video and Text Book by Charles Lewton-Brain

This text and video lecture combo gives excellent lessons on how to set up a home or studio photo booth to take professional-quality photographs and slides of your jewelry or small objects such as ceramics, glass and so on. Taking your own quality images saves money and time. The system (not counting the cost of camera and tripod) costs less than $60.00 to set up. How to build a drop shadow photo booth, film types, lighting, miniature spotlighting, composition, backgrounds, surface understanding and image creation are covered. PR techniques are taught and sources are listed. The ideas shared in this set can save you hundreds of dollars in professional photographic fees and time. Approximately 80 minutes of classroom lecture video: the idea is to get the information into your mind in two different ways thus deepening your learning.. 90 pages, lots of clear diagrams and drawings.Video can be ordered as PAL format or as a DVD. $59.95 ISNB 0-9698510-2-2
The Small Scale Photography book can be bought by itself without the video for $34.95. (Wholesale is $20.97)
Small Scale Photography book and video/dvd set=$59.95

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The Jewelry Workshop Safety Report by Charles Lewton-Brain

Essential for jewelers, professionals, schools, small studios, factories, students. This book reviews issues of studio safety and discusses strategies for recognizing risks in the jewelry workshop, and for reducing hazards by using substitution of materials or processes. The premise is that any reduction in risk improves safety conditions for the goldsmith and artist. It is written in a easily readable, warm style with plenty of examples and safety anecdotes backed by extensive citations and references. A workshop tour gives you a new approach to learning about safety issues and procedures, with safety and health concerns listed by the jewelry procedures and tools used, and a good index, all design ed to help you find the information you want rapidly and easily. Chosen as a required course text by New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), The New Approach School (Virginia) and the Paris Texas Jewelry Training Program. All three also chose the Brepohl book as mandatory for their students. 222 pages, Print is $34.95. ISBN 0-9698510-4-9
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Fold-Forming CDROM by Charles Lewton-Brain

This CD a compilation of all the fold-forms known as of 2007. Well over a thousand images organized by type and section. Each thumbnail enlarges as you mouse over it providing a 'magnification' function before clicking on a larger image. Has a number of the core step by step sequences for making fold-forms. Includes examples of Line folds, T-folds, Cross Folds, Rolled folds, Woven folds, Hydraulic press folds, Scored and bent folds, Shear and forged, Folds derived from Paper models, Pleated folds, Variations and Combination folds. The fold-forming paper from 1990 is included for printout. Included in the final version is a Powerpoint Show that introduces fold-forming and has a number of step by steps in a 'slide show' format. This CDROM will be published in early 2009. Invest in the project before publication for a price break, $42.00 including shipping. After publication it will be $59.95. (we are currently mailing investors a draft copy with over 1500 images and lots of step by steps to keep you busy while you wait for the final version) PENDING PUBLICATION
Fold-Forming Article links / Making a Chased Wedge T-Fold extract / Making a Heistad Cup extract / Basic T-Fold extract / Top of Page

Forming Using Metal Characteristics: Fold Forming by Charles Lewton-Brain (Classic)

This is the original classic paper that started the fold-forming scene. Fold-forming or foldforming is a system of sheet metal forming which emphasizes forming using the metals characteristics. Forms are derived from the natural plasticity, ductility and elasticity of the metal. The system is internationally recognized as a new approach to working metal. It is extremely efficient and rapid. Tools are simple: fingers, hands, anvil hammers, mallets, and rolling mills. The paper has a theoretical introduction and step-by-step recipes for quickly working sheet metal. 49 pages, over 70 B/W line drawings. Print is $19.95
Fold-formed work
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Fold Forming Video by Charles Lewton-Brain (Classic)

This very early half-hour video serves to introduce fold forming as a system. Made in 1985 (and rather basic), it covers the fundamental folds of the system, some 8 or so folds. This video was part of the introduction of fold-forming at the Toronto SNAG conference in 1985. Let's put it this way, Charles had a lot more hair when it was made. VHS or DVD. PAL format video is available upon request. $24.00
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Shareware Book by Charles Lewton-Brain (Classic)

This wide-ranging, truly eclectic paper is chock full of suppliers, sources, technical information, patinas, stonesetting tips, bench tools and thoughts about metalsmithing. 189 pages. Lots of diagrams. Perfect bound. This book was used as a handout for Brain Press workshops, and became the foundation for the Ganoksin Project when it began. Print is $32.00,
ISBN 0-9698510-1-4

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Patinas for Small Studios by Charles Lewton-Brain Revised Edition 2007

Describes safer, easier patination methods for metals involving easily obtainable household and even kitchen chemicals to produce blues, greens, browns, blacks, grays and reddish tones on metals. Cupric nitrate patination, which gives a wide ranges of controllable green, blue, black and brown color options on a number of metals, is extensively discussed. Paint types which emulate patinas are mentioned. Sealing options are described. Application methods and options for pattern development and surface control are described. 34 pages. Print is $19.95. This is the classic, but revised, original.
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Keum-Boo: Hot Burnished Gold Foil by Charles Lewton-Brain Just Published!

This book teaches how to easily hot burnish gold foil permanently onto silver objects, and raw sheet for soldering and building patterned jewelry with. It is a very rapid, easy method of adding the buttery richness of 24k gold to your silver and gold objects. This incredibly simple designing technique was re-introduced to the West from Korea in the 1980’s. It lets you make pictures and patterns using pure 24k gold foil placed onto other metals as well, including steel, platinum, palladium, 14K, 18K and other gold alloys, aluminum and even copper. Step-by-step photos show how to make your own gold foil, hot burnish onto silver, platinum. Also discussed are how to calibrate a hot plate and use liver of sulfur. The white electrum alloy for keum-boo is described. Print is $24.95.
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Making a Chain Chasing Tool by Charles Lewton-Brain Just Published

This paper explains how to make a chain tool, a class of pattern making chasing tool which lets you make organized, regular rows of round dents for borders, frames, bands and decorative repeated marks. Different shapes are possible, and the registration bumps on the tool let you automatically extend a decorative line or row, otherwise very hard to do with chasing tools. More complex patterns can be placed between the registration bumps allowing complicated rows of marks. The same idea can make rope-like lines of marks. Tool steels, sources and hardening and tempering are addressed. Chain tool information is not addressed elsewhere. This is a step-by-step photo book. Print is $18.00
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Diderot on Chasing Tools and Workshop annotated by Charles Lewton-Brain Just Published

This is a reproduction of Diderot's famous French Encyclopaedia from 1751. There are three pages, a title page, a descriptive key page to the images and a page that has an engraving of a chasing and damascening workshop along with a plate showing chasing tools and chisels as well as some typical workshop tools. After the reproduction comes a new section: the translation of the workplace descriptions and the tool key into English, with the proper English chasing terms used for the tools. A variety of tools are named. 12 pages. Print: $15.50
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Gold Surface Applications: A Technology Review by Charles Lewton-Brain Revised Edition 2008

This paper documents the results of a research project for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. It describes fusion applications (gold painting), doublée, Keum-boo, depletion gilding (tumbaga, guanin), inlay and overlay procedures and it discusses fire gilding. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. That is, the information is treated a s a way of creating patterns and pictures with gold and other materials. 27 pages. B/W diagrams, color cover. Print book is $19.95.
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Gold Surface Applications Under Enamels by Charles Lewton-Brain Revised Edition 2007

This paper describes methods of creating surface designs using gold alloys on copper to provide patterned surfaces for use under transparent enamels. Includes gold fusion surface applications, fusion overlay, incised overlay and inlay techniques as well as the use of resists for gold application, doublÈe (fusion laminates) and keum-boo. Together these form a system for surface design that offers a broad palette of marks and control sufficient to allow great surface detail and accurate translation from drawing to finished work as well as painterly approaches. A version of this paper was published in the magazine Glass on Metal in the spring of 1998. 18 pages, B/W diagrams. Book is $18.00.
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Gold Fusion Inlay for Enameling by Charles Lewton-Brain

This paper details how to inlay gold and other metals into copper to create patterned sheet to construct with and enamel over with transparent enamels. While this is described in the previous papers it goes into greater depth and follows an example all the way through making it. The step-by-step example shown uses a spiral iron binding wire to indent a thick copper slab. Gold is fused into the indentation and the excess removed. When rolled out this produces beautiful gold inlay to enamel over. The paper also details how to do paper die printing, a lovely addition to any metal surface. This technique was publicised by Lewton-Brain in chapters in the magazine Glass on Metal, and in Karen Cohen's book on enameling "The Art of Fine Enameling". This paper addresses one section of the 'Gold Applications under Enamels' paper in detail and depth. 14 pages, BW diagrams, color pictures. Ebook is $12.00.
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Depletion Gilding by Charles Lewton-Brain

A historical and technical introduction to gold surface enrichment. This academic paper describes the approaches that goldsmiths have used historically in various cultures to remove base metals from gold alloys for refining or "coloring the gold": depletion gilding. There is an extensive listing of recipes from numerous historical and contemporary sources to foster contrast and comparison and deepen readers understanding of the subject. It is intended for information only and is not a "how to" for depletion gilding. Many of the procedures described are hazardous and not to be done without a chemical fume hood and similar stringent precautions. 20 pages. $15.50.
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Build Your Own Draw Bench Instructions by Charles Lewton-Brain

This paper has complete directions and plans that explain how to build a good draw bench for about thirty dollars from easily available materials and tools. There are step by step instructions. Tricks are revealed. Alternative methods and approaches to drawing are described. This draw bench is excellent for making wire and tube. It is easy to build and use. Has directions for tube making and related tools. 27 pages. Book is $19.95.
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River Trip-- Lewton-Brain

This 2008 book and catalog documents a significant Lewton-Brain project, "River Trip", an exhibition first shown at INFLUX gallery in Calgary. It represents key works from more than a years work in the Cage Series, works made with the trademark copper and gold electroforming that marks Lewton-Brains work since 2000. Has a project description, statements on the Cage series and multiple images of works from different angles, with some on the body. 80 pages in color. Print is $39.95.
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The Bibliography Lists -- Lewton-Brain

This is for a photocopied bibliography of Charles Lewton-Brain's personal library, that is the books in his library as well as three other bibliographies. This compilation of book titles represents a lifetime's work of gathering books into a great jewelry/metals bibliography. We've included the bibliography he used for his 1985 paper of Gold applications, the 1990 Depletion Gilding paper bibliography and the 1999 bibliography for safety information for the jewelry trade used for the book The Jewelry Workshop Safety Report. It is an 18 page compilation of several book lists. Published by Brain Press, photocopied and plastic sleeve bound. 8 1/2"x11", 2004. The first section lists title, author. The other lists are author, title, publisher etc. $15.50.
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Ornament & Object: Canadian Jewellery & Metal Art 1946-1996 by Ann Barros

This insightful look at the past 50 years of Canadian jewellery and metal art is a valuable addition to our arts and crafts history. Richly illustrated with examples of important and unique work in a variety of media, this book chronicles the evolution of the post-war metalcraft movement in Canada. Ornament & Object will serve as both a source of inspiration and a valuable reference work. The book won 1st prize in the 1997 Alcuin National Awards for pictorial quality and layout. 9 x 10, hardcover, 176 pages, 40 color and 100 b&w photographs. This book is out of print but we still have a number of copies available. $28.95 ISBN 1-55046-218-0
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Orders outside North America will vary a great deal in shipping costs. Surface may take eight weeks or more but is much less expensive. A single book is up to $12.00 by surface. Air mail can be more than $23.00 per item, it depends upon the country. To find your total tell us which books you would like and we will let you know what the total due is. Several items sent in one package will save money. Brain Press videos are available in PAL format for overseas, many are available also in DVD format. All prices are in U.S funds.

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