Making Multiples: Blanking Dies & Pattern Development

Course Description

About this course

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

This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns and introduce you to many of the engineering concepts that Jayne works with in her jewelry. She will take you through the design process from initial drawings to final prototypes and finished pieces. You will learn the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, and tab construction. You will learn computer skills for design layout, scaling and transforming. She will also be demonstrating her inventive methods of shaping and connecting.

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, a Maine native, 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.

Jayne began developing the Floraforms Collection in 1995. In 1998, Jayne won the NICHE Award for Silver Jewelry with her Tulip Earrings and was a finalist in the same category for her Sweet Pea Earrings. That year the American Craft Council selected a piece from her collection as "representative of the quality of work found at all ACC events" to use in advertising their wholesale markets. She was one of two runners-up for the American Jewelry Design Council's New Talent Competition in 2000. Jayne's Calla Lily Necklace was awarded first place in the Pendants-Necklaces category of Lapidary Journal's Jewelry Arts Awards for 2004. Her Palm Leaf Pin was a finalist in the 2005 NICHE Awards. Her Dahlia Necklace was a finalist in the 2009 Saul Bell Awards.

Jayne has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines. Examples of her work were used to illustrate the books Art Jewelry Today by Donna Z. Meilach, Making Metal Beads by Pauline Warg, and 500 Earrings, by Lark Books. She was a contributer to the book Profiting by Design by Marlene Richey.

Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals and teaches workshops nationally and at Wolf Designs in Portland, Maine. She maintains a studio in southern Maine and is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.

In Process Images: Shapes are cut from a sheet of textured silver using a handmade blanking die. 24K gold strips are diffusion bonded to the shapes which are then formed and assembled with 18K gold pegs to complete the Peony bead. 24K gold sheet is rolled to a thickness of .02mm. Alternating strips of 24K and vellum are assembled into a booklet. Leaf shapes are cut and diffusion bonded to the flat shape which is then formed into the Clematis earring.
Materials & Tools 

Jayne will supply a rotational bench pin and protractor for each student to use and have some available for purchase. She will also have tool steel, saw blades, and cast acrylic for purchase.

  • Jayne Redman Rotational Bench Pin with aluminum sawing surface - $123
  • 18” x 4” x 1/32” tool steel - $33 *Please note: This tool steel is meant for cutting out 22 gauge or thinner metal sheet.
  • Saw blades, #3/0 - $3/dozen
  • Magnetic Protractor - $10
  • 3" x 3" x1/4" cast acrylic - $2 per sheet
Students should bring 
  • Drill bits: Suggested #60, or what your saw blade will fit through. There will be some available to share in the studio.
  • Metal: 22 gauge or thinner - scrap copper and/or brass to test dies. New thin gauge copper will be available at the class for purchase as needed and anything in our scrap bin is free game. If students wish to work in other metals (sterling silver, gold, Argentium, etc) please bring 22 gauge or thinner.
  • Paper, including tracing paper and white printer/copier paper. Drawing materials including rulers, Sharpie markers, pencils and erasers, compasses, and dividers, plastic templates.
  • Flat or half round hand file, #0, or #1 cut
  • your favorite hand tools

Optional: 

Metalwerx has tools available to use during class, but you may have to share.

  • rubber cement
  • a center punch or 1.5mm ball bur
  • 5" or 6" saw frame
  • files
  • A glass bowl or metal pot, metal spoon and knife.

For making combination silhouette/blanking dies (Jayne will provide a few for students to share):

Tuition

$525.00 $498.75
5% discount until February 20

Materials Cost

TBD
Payable to instructor in class.

Instructor

Jayne Redman

Dates

March 22 -24, 2019

Time

10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Length

3 days

Level 
Intermediate and above
Location 
Metalwerx
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