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Metal is a magical material that can be stretched, compressed, bent, curved and twisted. The same piece can take on an entirely different shape depending on how it is formed. This workshop will explore developing patterns and forming processes for metal sheet. Join Jayne Redman, the master of multiples as she shows you tools and techniques that allow you to push your pieces into a new world.
Making blanking dies will give you the ability to quickly cut out duplicates of your pieces giving you the freedom to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembly.
Working with your unique shapes will require making unique forming tools. Using wood, hard and thermal plastic and steel we will design tools that will give you consistent results. We will also work with ways to assemble multiple forms by soldering or using cold connections.
The goal will be to take an idea through the pattern development stage and explore multiple forming techniques for the resulting shape. You will make tools specifically for each forming process, resulting in finished pieces. Jayne will initially give each student a choice of shapes to work with as practice pieces to teach concepts and demonstrate the tools she created to develop each form.
Techniques coverd include:
- Pattern development for multiples
- Design considerations for multiples
- Creation and use of blanking dies
- Forming methods and strategies for consistent results
- Understanding forming steps in series
- Creation and use of custom tools to aid forming
- Exploration of one shape with multiple forming options
- Finishing shapes into completed pieces of jewelry
This class is available as an online class.
This class meets for 4 days, with 2.5 hour morning and afternoon sessions each day with a 2 hour break between for a total of 20 hours of instruction.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
A kit of materials needed for this class is $140, and is payable directly to Jayne. The kit includes material for dies and forming, as well as other needed supplies.
Registered students receive a class kit by USPS Priority mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped.
A handout will be included with the Kit. On the last page of the handout is a list of tools and materials Jayne uses in her work. She will be demonstrating or mentioning many of them.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Bonny Doon hydraulic press or Harbor Freight bench press or Large bench vise
- Center punch or small ball bur
- Bur life
- #58 or #60 drill bits
- 6" deep sawframe
- Flat or half round hand file or heatless wheels and mandrel
- Snap-on sanding disc and mandrel
- 18 and 22ga copper and/or brass
- Joyce Chen shears or Pro shears
- Double stick tape
- Paper, including tracing paper and white printer/copier paper.
- Drawing materials including rulers, Sharpie markers, pencils and erasers, compasses, and plastic circle and oval templates
- Dust mask
- Safety Glasses and eye magnification if needed
Also needed (contact Jayne to add these into your kit)
- Jayne Redman Rotational Bench Pin: Dovetail Base with Aluminum Surface
- Jayne Redman Dovetail Mounting Plate
- Magnetic protractor
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class. An additional device (capable of accessing the Zoom link) and holder to position it over your work space allowing the instructor to see your work.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This is a workshop for intermediate to advanced students with good sawing skills. A previous class on making blanking dies with Jayne Redman is not a pre-requisite but would allow you to take those skills further.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA