Blanking Dies and Pattern Development

Course Description

About this course

Self-registering one-piece blanking dies allow you to easily cut out precise duplicate shapes from silver, gold, and other non-ferrous sheet metals, affording you time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. Jayne Redman has been using this method for her own jewelry for more than 25 years and has developed ways of creating dies and blanking multiples that dramatically speed up production.

This virtual workshop will teach students how to properly develop patterns that will result in successful blanking dies and introduce them to many of the engineering concepts that Jayne works with in her jewelry. Jayne will take you through the design process from initial drawings to final prototypes, and finished pieces.

You will be amazed at how quickly you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own dies during class. Students will receive a detailed step by step handout.

This course will consist of three sessions. Each session will consist of the following:

  • Demonstrations and work time 11:00AM to 1:30PM
  • Off-camera break or independent work time 1:30PM to 3:30PM
  • Demonstrations and work time 3:30PM to 6:00PM

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Jayne Redman

Nature provides an endless reference for imagination and invention. The linear quality of stems and the fullness of flower buds inspire my jewelry. I enjoy integrating mechanics with design, allowing each piece to function in a visually intriguing way. I work with multiples of the same shape engineering them to fit precisely giving an abstract impression of their botanical origin. Many years of metalsmithing have taught me the power of simplicity. My forms begin as flat metal shapes and arrive as small sculptures. Their complexity is in their conception as curving planes of origami.

Jayne Redman earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her jewelry career in the fashion jewelry industry in New York as a design and production assistant. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982. She has exhibited at numerous fine functional art shows and is represented by fine jewelry galleries and craft stores across the country. Her tools for Making Multiples are available at Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals. She teaches workshops nationally and at her studio in Falmouth, Maine.


Niche Award, 1998 - Winner Silver Jewelry, Tulip Earrings, finalist Sweet Pea Earrings

American Jewelry Design Council New Talent Competition, 2000 – one of three finalists.

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Arts Award, 2004 – First Place, Necklaces, Calla Lily Necklace

Niche Award, 2005 – finalist, Silver Jewelry, Palm Leaf Pin

Saul Bell Awards, 2009 - finalist, Silver, Dahlia Necklace



Art Jewelry Today, by Donna Z. Meilach

500 Earrings, Lark Books

21st Century Jewelry - The Best of the 500 Series, Lark Books

Celebrating 70, by Karen Lorene

Making Metal Beads, by Pauline Warg

Profiting By Design, by Marlene Richey - Contributor

Jewelry Metals, edited by James Binnion - Contributor: Step by Step Keum-boo Process

Linking Our Lineage: 12 Techniques from 12 master Smiths edited by Victoria Lansford

Feature articles in Crafts Report, MJSA Journal, Lapidary Journal, Art Jewelry Magazine,

Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines.


Selected Teaching Experience

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Metalwerx, Waltham, MA

Craft Guild of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, Albuquerque, NM

Revere Academy, San Francisco, CA

Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, TX

Flux Metal Arts, Mentor, OH

The Craft Center at NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL 

The Ranch - Center for Arts and Craft, Snohomish, WA

Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT

Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Georgia Goldsmiths Guild, Atlanta, GA

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa AZ

Materials & Tools 

A $110 partial supply kit (shipping cost included) will be sent to the shipping address you have listed on your Metalwerx account. Kits will be mailed out by November 9th. If you register after this date, a kit can still be mailed to you, but may not arrive by the workshop start date. Please inform us if you reside outside of the US, as your shipping cost will differ and may need to be expedited. Kit fee includes the following items:

  • step by Step handouts/syllabus
  • circular protractor
  • super pike and pike platinum 3/0 sawblades - 2 dozen
  • skip tooth saw blades
  • 36g aluminum foil
  • tool steel - 1/32" and 3/64" thick
  • cast acrylic
  • shipping cost
  • party favors

Students will also need to have a rotational bench pin system and an angle finding protractor in order to make blanking dies. They may buy them from the instructor directly at a student discount if they don’t have them. They will be shipped with the kit. Contact [email protected] to order.

  • Dovetail Rotational Base with Aluminum Work Surface - $130
  • Dovetail Faceplate - $18 (not needed if student has a GRS faceplate)
  • Protractor - $12

Students will need a hydraulic press or large bench vise for blanking the dies, as well as numerous other tools! Click here to view a full list of tools that will be needed/used during this workshop.



Materials Cost



Jayne Redman


November 19 -21, 2021


11:00 AM -6:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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