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A List of Workshop Subjects offered by Charles Lewton-Brain

Summer 2015 Workshops
with Charles Lewton-Brain
(Winner of the 2012 Governor Generals Award)
Short Video Interview


You can contact the schools below to register for a workshop
Montreal/March, / Chicago/April, British Columbia/May, Calgary/June, / Milwaukee/June, New York City/Jewellery Arts Institute, July / New York/Center for Metal Arts July, / Fall Workshops
March
Ecole de Joaillerie de Montreal
Bench Tricks
Feb 28-March1 (Sat-Sun)
This workshop is an information packed compilation of goldsmith’s tricks and fast, sure production and construction procedures.  Subjects include production aids, bench tricks, basic toolmaking, fitting and layout, flex shaft and soldering tricks and production thinking.  Processes are examined that offer ways of making multiples using limited equipment.    An understanding of Process is developed to permit the student to easily provide their own solutions to technical problems and procedures.  Bring your notebook. 
Lewton-Brain Lecture on Work
Feb 27 5pm
Contact the Ecole de Joaillerie de Montreal
416 De Maisonneuve, Montreal, QC H3A 1L2
Phone: 514-281-9922 Contact

April
Benches on Division
Small Scale Production lecture
The lecture is about production thinking and planning with the small workshop in mind. Processes are examined that offer the metalsmith ways of making multiples with limited equipment. Also examined are procedures that produce fast results in metal and which can therefore be adapted for use by either producers of unique work or reproduced items. The lecture component will deal briefly with production planning, press use, forming and blanking, options for surface manipulation, gold painting, fold-forming, Mill and paper die use, digital approaches. This is a lot of information and so some areas must necessarily be skimmed.
April 7th, 6:30-9:00pm
312.929.0422 Email
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LillStreet, Chicago
Foldforming Lecture and Demo
April 8 6-10pm

Fold Forming is an extremely efficient and very rapid way of working sheet metals. Tools needed are simple: fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils and rolling mills. Complex high-relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal, often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. The forms and surfaces are applicable for jewelry, hollowware, enameling, anodizing and more.
Information on course

Bench Tricks Lecture
April 9
6-8:30

This lecture is an information packed compilation of goldsmith’s tricks.  Subjects include production aids, bench tricks, basic toolmaking, flex shaft and soldering tricks. An understanding of Process is developed to permit the student to provide their own solutions to technical problems and procedures.  Bring your notebook and an example or two of your own favorite bench trick. Information on course


May
Kooteney Blacksmith's Association Spring Conference: Foldforming Demonstration/workshop
Kooteney Forge, Crawford Bay, BC
May 2, 3
Email for Information

Fold Forming is an extremely efficient and very rapid way of working sheet metals. Tools needed are simple: fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils and rolling mills. Complex high-relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal, often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. We will also be doing some folds in steel.
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June
Bead and Button Show Master Class

Five Days, the longest workshop this summer on foldforming. May 31-June 5

Fold Forming is an extremely efficient and very rapid way of working sheet metals. Tools needed are simple: fingers, hands, hammers, mallets, anvils and rolling mills. Complex high-relief forms are produced from single sheets of metal, often with a single annealing. These shapes resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. The forms and surfaces are applicable for jewelry, hollowware, enameling, anodizing and more.
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Alberta College of Art and Design
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Gold Applications Techniques: Date pending confirmation, contact: extendedstudies@acad.ca
This approach lets you paint and design with different metal colors onto background metals. The results of a two year research project for the Society of North American goldsmiths. It includes fusion applications (gold painting), doublee, Keum-boo, depletion gilding description (tumbaga, guanin), inlay, overlay procedures and a discussion of fire gilding. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. Many of the techniques work well under enamels as given in a presentation to the 1993 Enamelist Society Conference in Cincinnati. A great compositional system. In these days of expensive gold this is a way of using scrap gold jewellery you wouldn't use for anything else to create gold images, fast and easy, and then you build with them. Lots of examples and images of what you can do. 10am-5pm

Lewton-Brain Concentration: 6 days, two workshops, June 20-25

This is a rare opportunity to have a longer interaction with Charles. Because of additional information and tangents that are part of the way he gives workshops this is a deep experience and chance to learn.

Chasing Tools: Make Your Own: June 20-21 (Sat-Sun)
This intensive class teaches how to make chasing tools and what is important to know about them. It teaches an in-depth understanding of steel theory and control in tool making. All the kinds of chasing tools are shown, which includes lining, forming, planishing, veining, gadrooning, pattern, stamp making, chain and rope, matting and texturing, soft and more. Chasing tools from other cultures are described. Gold area inlay is shown. Hammer alterations are shown. You should be able to make about eight or more chasing tools in this workshop. Steel is supplied. 10am-5pm. This workshop is timed so you can follow with the foldforming workshop. 6 information soaked days with Lewton-Brain. 10-5pm
Chasing links.

Fold-Forming: June 22-25 (Mon-Thurs)
This workshop delivers the whole system of hundreds of folds in four days. You will learn to make folds in each of the main categories. Forms are derived from the natural plasticity and ductility of the metal. Shaping is extremely efficient and rapid – many forms are complete in three to seven minutes. Tools are simple: fingers, hammer, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often in one annealing. Forms made with this method resemble chased constructed and soldered forms and can be made with most metals, including steel. Calgary is an hour's drive from Banff, in the Rocky Mountains. Come for the class and stay for t e Nature! The most thorough foldforming workshop offered this year. 9am-5pm.

What is fold-forming?
Course Supply List
Fold-Forming Hammers and Tools Descriptions

Foldforming Competition 2012 video by Sue Lacy
Foldforming Competition 2013 video by Sue Lacy
Foldforming Competition 2014 video by Sue Lacy

To Register contact: ACAD Extended Studies:
Alberta College of Art & Design
1407 - 14th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3
Telephone: (403) 284-7640 (M-Th, 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM; F-Sat, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM) MST (ask for housing information)
Fax: (403) 284-7603
Email:
extendedstudies@acad.ca
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July

Jewelry Arts Institute, New York City In discussion still: watch this space
Catches and Findings

Web Site
JAI Facebook Page
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July

Center for Metal Arts, Florida, New York at the Center for Metal Arts, (an hour north of New York City) (The 8th Annual Lewton-Brain Foldforming Symposium) The 2012 Foldforming Competition. 2013 Winners, 2013 Foldforming Competition Video, 2014 Foldforming Competition video by Sue Lacy

Foldforming for Making Vessels.
Fri-Sat-Sun 9 AM to 4 PM
Jul 24-26, 2015

ALL NEW THIS YEAR! Step up your foldforming skills with Charles Lewton-Brain in a three-day Foldforming for Vessels workshop intensive. Review and build on a variety of foldforming techniques; learn how to create finished objects for art or utility.
 
Expect a visual review of all the major foldform families with a tour of our comprehensive new foldforming exhibit that will be open to the public in CMA's gallery. The session will focus on key foldforming techniques and how they can be adapted to vessel making. Students will enjoy ample demonstration and 2-3 hours of guided hands-on studio time each day to practice and experiment with a variety of folds. They will make samples, refine designs, and learn the process of building vessels using foldforming techniques that appeal to the unique interests and skill set of workshop attendees. Edge treatments and finishing options will also be covered.Register for the Class
What is fold-forming?
Fold-Forming Hammers and Tools Descriptions

www.centerformetalarts.com
Contact: info@centerformetalarts.com or call 845 651-7550 for more information
Center for Metal Arts

2015 Foldform Awards Dinner with Charles Lewton-Brain
JUL 24, 2015 at 6 PM, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Description and register

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Fall

Roadhouse Arts: Foldforming

Bulverde, Texas www.roadhousearts.com
Nov 14, 15. info@roadhousearts.com

Texas Tech University Metals Symposium: Foldforming
Oct 16-18
Website
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Brain Press has a collaborative web site with the Ganoksin Project. This is the largest resource on the internet for jewelers and metalsmiths. Charles was a founding partner with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in the project. A Ganoksin Project History

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Lewton-Brain Workshop Subjects Offered
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Workshops can be tailored for your needs.
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Fold Forming
Patination of Metals
Gold Application Techniques
Keum-boo
Resist Plating
Catches, Findings and Mechanical devices
Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths
Hinges and Hinge making
Criticism and Analysis of work
Jewelry in non-precious materials
Introduction to Small Scale Production Processes
Chasing and Repoussé
Making your own Chasing Tools
Photography for Small Objects
Drawing for Jewelry
Raising, Forming and Large Hollow Construction
Stonesetting Workshops
Constructing your own PR Tools and Professional Documentation

Other Workshop Subjects


Fold Forming: Fold forming is a new, quick, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It emphasizes forming using the metals characteristics. Rather than forcing form upon the material forms are derived from the natural plasticity and ductility of the metal. Lewton-Brain invented fold-forming which is now internationally recognized as a new way to work metal. 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. They resemble chased, constructed and soldered forms. It works with most metals including aluminum and, niobium and is applicable for jewellery, hollowware, enameling, anodizing etc. An advanced level workshop is now available.
Patination of Metals: Safer, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable and kitchen chemicals to produce a wide range of blues, greens, browns, blacks, greys and reddish tones on most metals including precious. Application methods and control of pattern and surface are described. This is addressed as a compositional system. Fold-forming Description / Fold-Forming Tools
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Patination of Metals:
Safer, easy patination methods for metals that involve easily obtainable and kitchen chemicals to produce a wide range of blues, greens, browns, blacks, greys and reddish tones on most metals including precious. Application methods and control of pattern and surface are described. This is addressed as a compositional system. Workshop Subject List


Gold Application Techniques: This lets you paint and design with different metal colors onto background metals. The results of a two year research project for the Society of North American goldsmiths. It includes fusion applications (gold painting), doublee, Keum-boo, depletion gilding (tumbaga, guanin), inlay, overlay procedures and a discussion of fire gilding. Control factors for free compositional choice are defined and demonstrated. Many of the techniques work well under enamels as given in a presentation to the 1993 Enamelist Society Conference in Cincin-nati. A free compositional system. Examples


Keum-boo: This class teaches how to easily hot burnish 24K gold foil onto silver objects. This incredibly simple designing technique was re-introduced to the West from Korea in the last ten years. It lets you apply 24k yellow gold shapes onto silver sheet intended for later construction, onto finished silver objects, onto any gold alloy, steel, platinum and palladium. The white silver/gold alloy Electrum can be used the same way and with liver of sulfur provides options for yellow, white and black on the same silver object. This is a really rapid, easy method of adding the richness of 24k gold to silver and gold objects. Examples
Workshop Subject List


Resist Plating: This lets one quickly and freely compose with different metal colors onto metal surfaces. A unique, original workshop, it teaches how to use electroplating solutions with resists to compose with. Results can be very painterly and it is easily learned. Simple resists allow free compositional choice in a ‘Batik’ approach to surface. The standard (toxic and now less toxic available) jewelry shop solutions; copper, nickel, silver and gold are used. Simple patinas offer greens, blues, browns and black. This is a way of making pictures, of painting using the colors of metals.Examples
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Catches, Findings and Mechanical devices: A range of simple and complex hand-made findings and mechanisms are demonstrated and described. The concept of relative fitting is emphasized. This results in more successful construction technique and technical problem solving skills than traditional 'blueprint building' approaches may offer. Production aids and bench tricks are discussed. If short this workshop is mostly lecture.Workshop Subject List


Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths:
If you are interested in homemade tools and bench tricks to speed your production and understanding this workshop is for you. A loose, eclectic collection of short cuts, bench tricks, stonesetting and polishing hints and alternative equipment options for goldsmiths representing decades of goldsmithing tricks gathered together. Cheap tool making, jewelers secrets and unexpected sources for tools are described. Many are described in Lewton-Brain’s book Cheap Thrills in the Toolshop and the CD Bench Tricks for Goldsmiths.


Hinges and Hinge making: This workshop deals with hinge making, its tricks and considerations. Simple and complex hinges are described and discussed. A generic hinge is demonstrated and made by participants and is done so as to preclude soldering errors. Force fit hinge pins, lubrication, thick walled hinges, hidden hinges, silversmiths hinges, spring hinges and simple hinge based catches for bracelets may be described. Workshop Subject List


Criticism and Analysis of work: This jurying workshop has participants bring their work in for individual critiques of work preceded by a lecture and working group discussion of what is important in critical evaluation of an object. A serious critical opportunity for those who can benefit from an honest external view of their work. Methods of self evaluation are taught in the workshop that lead to better, more cohesive work.Top


Jewelry in non-precious materials: This workshop allows rapid making of work so as to facilitate discussion of theory and design of finished work in a short time span. Concept, intent and design are discussed. Understanding and creative control of jewelry roles and contexts is stressed. The many contemporary uses of non-precious materials are discussed. Participants will make work that stresses content and meaning over intrinsic value. Workshop Subject List


Introduction to Small Scale Production Processes: The workshop concentrates on production thinking and planning with the small workshop in mind. Processes are examined that offer the metalsmith ways of making multiples with limited equipment. Also procedures that produce fast results in metal and which can therefore be adapted for use by producers of unique work or reproduced items. The lecture will deal briefly with production planning, press use and options for surface manipulation, forming, blanking, casting, gold painting, paper die use. This is a tremendous amount of information and so some areas such as casting must necessarily be skimmed. This course, if short, concentrates on information sharing.


Chasing and Repoussé: European, North American and Asian chasing techniques are discussed and taught, as is steel theory and tool making. Hammer design, alteration options and use, pitch making and it's control are discussed. Concrete pitchbowls are made. Tool types include forming, planishing, lining, veining, gadrooning, matting, side/set down, pearl punches, stamps, chain and pattern. There is an introduction to European and Asian chisel work. Cloth area inlay on steel is demonstrated. Control factors are defined. A truly general and deep exposure to the plastic world of chasing metal.Top

Chasing Tools: Make Your Own
This intensive class teaches how to make chasing tools and what is important to know about them. It teaches an in-depth understanding of steel theory and control in tool making. All the kinds of chasing tools are shown, which includes lining, forming, planishing, veining, gadrooning, pattern, stamp making, chain and rope, matting and texturing, soft and more. Chasing tools from other cultures are described. Gold area inlay is shown. Hammer alterations are shown. You should be able to make about eight or more chasing tools in this workshop.


Photography for Small Objects: A professional system for photographing items of jewelry scale is demonstrated which costs less than 60.00 (less the camera and tripod). Professional quality photography on this basic system is taught. Digital camera use, film types, lighting, miniature spotlighting, composition, drop shadow backgrounds, surface understanding and image creation are covered. PR. techniques are taught and sources shared. You will walk out taking publishable images of your work.Workshop Subject List


Drawing for Jewelry: An introduction to the drawing skills needed to design jewellery and to communicate ideas to others. Drawing is discussed in skill oriented terms, dealing with it as a conceptual tool for manipulating and understanding objects and their making. Drawing skills touched on include contour, orthographic and oblique projection, perspective, exploded, rendering systems and the use of various media. Design and creative exercises are included.Top


Raising, Forming and Large Hollow Construction
: This workshop teaches the basics of raising and forming, planishing, large seams, large constructions and solderings, wiring aids and set ups for soldering. Because large constructions are time consuming for participants if this is a short workshop it is primarily information.Workshop Subject List


Stonesetting Workshops: Available from introductory to advanced professional levels at any length requested. The longer the better but a good informative workshop can be designed specifically for your group in the time available. Settings options include tube and Gypsy setting, simple and constructed bezels, basic single stone bead and star bead setting, snap settings, European style engraved bezel settings, Prong settings, constructed star settings, thick walled, high cabochon, square and fancy bezels, Flush mount,. 'Mirror' and buff top settings, basic engraved single bead setting: a review of three approaches. multiple bead settings. 2 bead run strip setting. More complex bead setting is discussed, as are Pavé setting in two styles, rear and tab settings and odd settings.Top


Constructing your own PR Tools and Professional Documentation
This workshop deals with how to put together the things you need to talk to the market place, galleries and magazines. How to write a biography, do a statement, plan a PR package, determine design options for your business cards and so on. Exercises, instructions, samples will convey information. Workshop Subject List


Other Workshops Offered:
(ask us for descrioptions)

Design and Creative Tools
Wax and Cast Metal
Teaching through Process and Problem Solving
Homemade Tools/Ancient Technology
Gem Identification on a Shoestring
Flexible Shaft Use and Tricks
Simple Electroforming
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