Introduction to Fold Forming & Air Chasing:
This booklet ‘Introduction to fold forming & air chasing’ is a collection of projects to explore how to make jewellery using simple fold forming and air chasing techniques. The projects use a simple fold to get you started with the subject.
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What’s in the book?
This booklet has instructions for making five bangles and a pair of earrings. There is also a special bonus project which shows you how to adapt the technique to make rings.
What tools and skills do I need?
This booklet of projects mainly shows how to make a textured strip each time – which is then made in to a cuff bracelet. But feel free to adapt the textured pieces and make them in to other jewellery items. The cuffs don’t need any soldering, but you will need the capability to anneal with a large torch.
You will need a couple of hammers; a cross pein and a ball pein; and a mallet (rubber / plastic / wooden or raw hide). You will need a flat steel block for planishing. Also – access to an anvil would really help. If you don’t have this – a former that can be held in the vice which replicates the horn of the anvil will suffice.
The bonus ring project requires soldering ability and equipment. These instructions also include a ring with a stone setting. This requires prior knowledge of cabachon stone setting construction. You would also need access to a smaller soldering torch to be able to construct the bezel setting.
What materials will I need?
The material requirements are set out at the start of each project. Copper is good to play with to start off. It is softer after annealing than silver and much cheaper. Once you’ve got the hang of folding techniques feel free to progress to silver. Bangles and rings require sheet 0.8mm thickness. Earrings and pendants can be made from thinner 0.5mm sheet.
THE PROJECTS IN THIS BOOK ARE SKILL LEVELS 2, 3 & 4 – FIRST STAGE TO HIGHER INTERMEDIATE