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Micro-fold forming questions


#1

Hi Folks,

The school lab where I work just acquired a Bonny Doon micro-fold
brake (hooray), and we’re all psyched to start working (playing) with
it. BUT… It came with literally no documentation. While we’ve
figured out the really basic “how to run metal through it,” it’s
obvious that there are a lot of things we all need to know.

We’re going to be scheduling a workshop later in the year, I think,
but I’d really like to get started playing around with the technique.

Can any of you point me to good, basic “getting started” resources
online? (I found one project online at lap journal and have
subscribed to the forum at the Bonny Doon website, but need more!)

Which of the books on micro-fold forming have you found helpful?

For those of you who have been doing it for a while, what do you
WISH you had known when you were getting started?

Many thanks!
Karen Goeller
@Karen_Goeller


Handcrafted and Unique Artisan Jewelry


#2

Karen, There are 2 books on fold forming, that I know of. both books
are by people living in the LA California area. One is trisha
macalier I have to check the spelling of her last name. I do know
that Lapidary Journal did a piece on her. the other book is by Jack
Burton, I think. Both of these people are members of Metal Arts
Society of Southern California (MASSC). Oh yeah, Trish is the
president. Good luck, Rich


#3
There are 2 books on fold forming, that I know of.  both books are
by people living in the LA California area.  One is trisha macalier
I have to check the spelling of her last name. I do know that
Lapidary Journal did a piece on her. the other book is by Jack
Burton, I think.  Both of these people are members of Metal Arts
Society of Southern California (MASSC).  Oh yeah, Trish is the
president. 

Trish McAleer is indeed the President of the MASSC and the author of
the excellent “Metal Corrugation: Surface Embellishment and Element
Formation of the Metalsmith.” Jack Berry is the author of
"Repetitive Micro-Fold Forms Using an Industrial Tube Wringer: Small
Scale Applications for Jewelry and Sculpture" and is not a member of
MASSC. Jack Burton, who is a member of MASSC, hasn’t written any
books that I know of but is the inventor of the “Groovy Tool” which
creates grooves in metal that simplify pleating and folding metal.

Also, to avoid causing confusion (and future debates on
metalsmithing terminology :-), I suggest reserving the term “fold
forming” for the metal folding/forging techniques invented by Charles
Lewton-Brain and using the term “metal corrugation” for the microfold
techniques that Trish and Jack Berry describe. They are two very
different processes.

Beth


#4

Trish McAleer is the correct spelling. Her book is very good. And
she teaches workshops, have your local metals guild bring her in!

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Studio 925; established 1992
@E_Luther


#5

Hi, Karen, I don’t know whether this is of any help to you, but the
Chicago Metal Arts Guild (CMAG) is offering a workshop with Trish
McAleer on that subject. I’ll append the blurb from the flier below.
Noel

Oct 18-19 9-5 at Northeastern University. $200 members and $225 non
menbers. If you have questions or concerns please contact Jodi
Brownstein 773-330-5222 or Jodi@jodiraedesigns.com

What I will teach
I will show you how to get those waves AND MORE into YOUR metal work!

This is a FUN hands-on workshop where workshop participants will
learn how to create

elements and achieve a variety of exciting surface textures while
exploring an assortment of NEW (and old) corrugation tools used in
this process.

Advantages of each tool will be discussed and you will be shown how
to create an array of surface patterns such as multiple patterning,
Pattern crimping, pattern trapping, and corrugami: great for texture
lovers, jewelers, metalsmiths, beadmakers and glass fusing artists!

Important corrugation essentials, tips, tricks, and technical
observations about using corrugation and construction methods will
be revealed. Trish will demonstrate how you can use corrugation with
other metalsmithing techniques such as: repousse, corrugami forms,
corrucones, hydraulic die-forming, and wax working. Participants
will be shown construction of an assortment of hand formed elements
and sculptural forms that are totally unique to this process.

The workshop will also cover connecting and using corrugated
elements in your work. Irregular

surface conditions create a special challenge but unique cold
connection solutions will be shown.


#6

Beth, Don’t forget Heikki Seppa in Metal Folding and Forming. He just
won the Hans Christiansen Anderson Award, presented to one of his
former student and a Master Teacher in her own right Paulette Myers.
The presentation was at SilverworksV at Society of American
Silversmiths leader Jeffrey herman’s Studio in Providence. Terrie