Monday, June 13, 2011

Tutorial Monday--Metal Fold Forming with Kim St. Jean

Tutorial Monday posts are reviews of tutorials by other people (not me). I haven't done one in a long time but I was so pleased with this tutorial I wanted to spread the news.

I recently purchased a DVD class called Metal Fold Forming with Kim St. Jean.  Kim was at Adorn Me this year.  I didn't get to take one of her classes, but I heard lots of good things about them.

This DVD class is produced by If you haven't been to their site you should check it out.  They also offer this tutorial in online format. 

I love this tutorial.  Kim explains things very well, and the video is up close and well produced.  It's 81 minutes long and includes a printable class handout.

The tutorial covers:
  • the creation of a cuff bracelet using fold forming
  • bonus instruction in the fabrication of a pod fold pendant
  • bonus material covering copper surface patina using the butane torch
Kim shows how to do the fold forming and several methods of texturing using the hammer and other tools.  I found that the bumpy texture that I've made previously with an antique center punch is what Kim refers to as "frog skin." It's a good name for it.

Here's a very short section of the introduction from You Tube.  There's a good picture of the cuff.

I hope to get my first cuff done in time for Bead Table Wednesday.  Check back later.


My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh that cuff is gorgeous - it looks like magic to me I can't wait to see what you do!

Anonymous said...

Love it! I think she is at Adorn Me next year? Have you pulled up the website yet? They just put it on line last week.

Leslie Todd said...

Patty, I'll have my cuff ready for Bead Table Wednesday. I'm so pleased with the way it's turning out.

Marcy, yes, Kim is teaching some classes that look fantastic at Adorn Me. Once again I want to be in three places at once. I've been looking the classes over trying to decide on a schedule. Check it out.