Feather Your Jewelry Designs with Fold Forming

Feathers are some of the most beautiful forms in nature. They are light, delicate and airy, and they can remind you of nature’s gorgeous birds. Top clothing designers often make use of feathers in their fashions. And jewelry designers can use feathers, too, to make spectacular pieces.

In the July 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Debra Hoffmaster showed how to make an amazing Silver Feather Pin using one of today’s most popular jewelry-making techniques, fold forming.

Debra Hoffmaster’s Fold Formed Silver Feather Pin PHOTO: JIM LAWSON

Fold forming is one of those techniques that looks extremely difficult, but in reality, can be done with minimal tools and supplies. Hoffmaster’s pin uses only sterling silver sheet and a pin back. And it’s done with a vise, jeweler’s saw, mallet, cross pein hammer, files, a soldering setup, and items for polishing. All tools most well-supplied jewelry artists have on hand.

With fold forming, you can bend your metal to whatever shape you desire, giving your piece a unique look and texture. Hoffmaster’s feather project is a great way to start fold forming. It familiarizes you with the technique and teaches you the basics. In addition, this pin is a great way to practice your sawing techniques by teaching you to cut out a feathered shape.

Once you’ve mastered fold forming, trust me. You’ll be addicted! If you want to try more fold-formed projects, check out the new digital compilation ebook, 10 Fold Formed Jewelry Making Projects. It includes terrific fold-forming projects covering all skill levels. Among the projects you’ll find are Helen Driggs’s Fold Formed Bronze Brooch, Jeff Fulkerson’s Fold Formed Copper Earrings, Abbi Berta’s Battered Heart pendant, and another project by Debra Hoffmaster — her Fold Formed Copper Cuff.

Take wing and start forming!

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