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"Make It Real" Fold Forming With Kim St Jean

Hi, I'm Kim St. Jean Jewelry Artist, Designer, and Author. Today I'm going to show you how to start fold forming. I've been fold forming for years, and I'd like to show you how. Its fun, its simple, and even if you've tried fold forming before you're still going to learn something new because I'm going to show you all of my favorite folds that have not been done on video, then we're going to make finished designs with them. I'm also going to show you how to use, some unique machines and tools to help make fold forming easier than ever before.

We've got an awesome new hammer called the Whaley Hammer, that changed my life in air chasing. We're going to be using the micro motor, the 3 inch bench top polisher, you're going to learn how to use many tools with all of my favorite techniques.

So maybe you've dabbled with fold forming before with some light gauge metals, but this is real fold forming with 24 gauge heavy stand-alone pieces, that don't have to be backed. We're going to do several different folds during the series, we're going to be doing two different pod folds, the leaf fold, air chasing, a flower, and a t-fold among several different fold forming techniques you're going to discover during this series, be sure to click below to order your videos series "Make it Real" Fold Forming today.

We priced this series of classes so that everyone can afford to take some time for yourself and discover one of my favorite jewelry making techniques, the best part is you can watch it today on-demand whenever you want and as often as you want.

I know you'll love Fold Forming as much as I do!!


Things You'll Learn From This Series:

  • Introduction to Air chasing, T-fold and making a fold formed flower

  • How to create organic shapes like leaves and pods

  • Designing beautiful fold formed pod earrings

  • Different design uses for fold forming leaves

  • When you can incorporate enameling with your fold forming

  • Learn a great men’s design

  • Create spontaneous designs in copper and other metals

  • See Kim's favorite Fold Forming Folds

  • Why Kim recommends the tools she uses and how they help with this technique

  • Learn about Kim’s “Cootie Kisser” fold

  • Kim’s outlook on “perfection” in your jewelry designs

  • Learn how to make finished projects from simple to more complex with stones

  • How to make your finished piece look professional

Tools You'll Learn From This Series:

  • Discover New Tools that make completing Fold Forming projects easier than ever before

  • Using Wrap & Tap pliers to make a bail

  • Kim explains how her favorite rotary tool will change your finished jewelry forever

  • Forming ear wires with Wrap & Tap pliers

  • Finishing up with a wire rounder

  • Find out about a great new hammering tool Kim uses that adds a lot of interest to your air chasing, (Whaley Hammer) as well as being great fun to use

  • Learning the correct way to use your Bench Top Polisher and shield

  • Using fine stone wheel on bench lathe

  • Using the medium abrasive wheel on the Bench Top Polisher

  • Finishing edges with a Bench Top Polisher

  • Tips on using 3M wheels on a Bench Top Polisher

  • Learn about the different levels of polishing wheels and when to use each one

  • Advantages to hand held polishing tools

  • When a tumbler is a better option for finishing your project

  • Learn how to use a spring loaded punch to add detail to your design

  • Special recommendations on tools for opening folds

  • Kim’s trick for using an anvil for opening folds

  • Shares great uses for mat work surface

  • Which polishing disks to use for amount of metal removal

  • What is pumice and why it is used with torching and annealing

  • The advantages to annealing in a rotating pumice pan

  • New Bezel Cutting Shears

  • Special tips for your rawhide hammers

  • What is the advantage of using the different types of hammers

  • What technique to use with each hammer for different outcomes

  • Correct hammering techniques

  • Learn how to hold your hammers for best results without physical stress

  • Information on different types of hammers and how to prep your soft blow hammer

  • Using different hammers to add texture

  • Why you use the different hammers for different steps in the process

  • Which hammer to use for soft blow and confirming

  • How to add more design using round nose pliers

  • Using your pliers to help form your pieces

  • Torch safety tips and tools to keep you safe

  • Using her pumice pan for soldering odd shaped items

  • Different tools that give different textures for Air Chasing

  • Find out how having control of your texturing tool can be a great asset to your design

Free Supply Kit Includes:

  • POD
    2 Pieces 1 x 3 24 Gauge Copper Sheet
    Sterling Silver wire for Ear Wires 20 gauge 4 inches (2 inch each)

  • LEAF
    1 x 3 24 Gauge Copper Sheet
    Fine Silver Bezel Cup with matching Cabochon

    6 x 1 24 Gauge Copper Sheet

    2 x 3 24 Gauge Copper Sheet
    12 Inch 12 Gauge Square Copper Wire

  • T-FOLD
    4 x 2 24 Gauge Copper Sheet

    3 x 3 24 Gauge Copper Sheet

Techniques You'll Learn From This Series:

  • Discover New Tools that make completing Fold Forming projects easier than ever before

  • Difference between folding and confirming the folds

  • Why do you avoid corners when cutting shapes

  • Best position for hammering

  • What you need to do before you open any fold

  • How to open difficult folds without damaging your project

  • When to pickle or not to pickle

  • Options for different pickling solutions

  • When to use a vise to help with folding

  • What is “upsetting” the edge and why you do it

  • Learn how to make your metal stretch evenly

  • Learn the steps to complete a project with many complex folds

  • Learn the difference between an outside and inside fold

  • Working unforeseen situations into your design as unique element

  • How to avoid “kinks” in your fold forming pieces

  • Tips for using square wire in your projects

  • Learn how and when and why Kim uses Liver of Sulphur for Fold Forming

  • When to hammer on cut or folded edges for different results

  • Learn a safer way to open folds

  • What is a safety zone and why it is important

  • What causes pleats and wrinkling

  • Using your rotary wheel to do final smoothing on bail ends.

  • Putting finishing touches on your design to hide seams and connections

  • Using texture to incorporate inadvertent marks

  • Learning to make “frogs' skin” by using spring punch and black mat

  • What metal to use and why

  • What is annealing and why it is important in simple to understand terms

  • What part heat plays in the annealing process

  • When do you and don’t you need to anneal

  • How annealing helps with metal movement

  • How annealing is like a “library”

  • How to tell when to stop the annealing process

  • When do you anneal both sides of a project

  • What torch options to choose from when annealing

  • How to use a kiln to anneal

  • How to recognize your copper is at the right temperature for being annealed

  • How to anneal a large piece of copper

  • What you need to know about the torch flame and get the best out of it for annealing

  • Quenching after torching

  • Why to dry after quenching

  • Learn how to correctly quench different types of metal

  • When to anneal before getting started

  • When do you need to anneal again

  • How to tell if you are annealing too long

  • Shares the differences between annealing and fold forming with copper and silver

  • How to anneal long or large pieces of copper

  • What you could use an old tree stump for

  • What size pieces you can make

  • Different ways to make you copper look like new after fold forming process

  • What causes changes in the copper color and how to keep or remove

  • How to get more movement when working the folds

  • How the size of metal impacts your movement you can get

  • How to get curves not just extend length of metal

  • Where to start hammering

  • How to tell where you need more work for movement

  • How to make a circle from a rectangle

  • Find out what happens when you open a folded circle

  • What gauge metals to use and how it changes with the process

  • How a brass brush can help finish off your copper pieces

  • What is burnishing and what it does to your copper

  • What is a line fold and how do you use them

  • What a loose fold is and what technique uses this fold

  • Using fine silver bezel cups with cabochon stone

  • Putting solder to very small bezel cup without melting the cup

  • Options to solder bails closed or not

  • Kim shares the advantages to using silver solder even on copper projects

  • Learn how to solder square wire to flat sheet

  • Kim share how to adding ear wires with pick soldering method and why

  • Kim shares a simple household item that makes bezel setting simple and beautiful


Following ten years as a public school teacher, Kim combined her love of teaching with her creative talents and began teaching jewelry classes. Mostly self-taught, but with silversmithing mentorship from Dan Haga along the way, she now has been teaching jewelry classes for nearly twenty years. She is an award winning instructor, author and jewelry designer. Kim has been published in numerous magazines and books. She has appeared on several beading and craft television programs, and has written three books: "Mixed Metal Mania", "Metal Magic", and "Colorful Wired Jewelry". Kim was elected one of the Top Ten Instructors in the country by the attendees and staff of the Bead and Button show. Kim has also filmed over twenty stone setting videos for WireJewelry.com. Her husband Norm followed Kim in the jewelry arts after a twenty-five year career in textile management, and now travels with her assisting in the classroom. Their home base is in Myrtle Beach, SC, where they teach at their studio, Studio St. Jean. They can also be found teaching across the country at various clubs, guilds, bead shows and art shows.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need To Travel? What are the hotel arrangements? NO! That's the best benefit of what we're offering today. You can simply watch the class on your computer, smart phone, tablet or iPad wherever you have an internet connection. Later, if you choose our DVD upgrade option, we'll send you a DVD recording of the class, edited to make it quick and easy to follow along.

What about supply kits? After you register for the classes you want, a supply kit list will be provided and you'll have the opportunity to purchase the supplies that will be used in class.

What Types of Devices Work? Any device with a good internet connection, that could play a youtube video or any other online video format will work.  

iPhones - Yes!
iPads - Yes!
Android Smart Phones - Yes!
Android Tablets - Yes!
Apple Computers - Yes!
Windows Computers - Yes!
Microsoft Surface - Yes!
Google Chrome Cast - Yes!
Anything else you can think of? 
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