Making Multiples with Blanking Dies with Jayne Redman

Friday, December 4, 2020; 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, December 5, 2020; 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, December 6, 2020; 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $495

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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Take your designs from flat to three dimensional with this in-depth workshop from Jayne Redman. Learn the innovative design and assembly concepts that Jayne has developed over 40 plus years of metalsmithing. Jayne will teach you the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, faux hinge assembly, and tab construction. She will show you how to use your computer as a design tool and how to duplicate the same steps manually. 

Learn how to make blanking (pancake) dies to quickly cut out the shapes you develop in class and get lost in the process of experimenting with forming and assembly. Speed up your production or incorporate identical shapes in one-of-a-kind pieces.  


This course is available as a live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available. 

Techniques taught:

• Developing flat patterns used for three dimensional forms

• Prototyping with heavy aluminum foil

• Using your computer as a design tool or creating the same design manually.  

• Layout for a correctly designed blanking die

• How to correctly use a saw frame and choosing saw blades for sawing tool steel

• How to determine rotational angle of your bench pin relative to thickness of tool steel and saw blade

• How to saw a blanking die out of tool steel

• How to use a hydraulic press or bench vise to blank out metal with blanking dies

• Tips and tricks using flex shaft accessories

• How to make your own forming tools


A kit of materials needed for this class is $140, and is payable directly to Jayne. The kit includes material for the dies themselves, as well as other needed supplies.


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.

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. Please use that list and the links provided in the PDF to check the recommended tools and make sure that you have the correct ones. Please If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press or Harbor Freight bench press or large bench vise
  • If using a bench vise: two 1/2” thick pieces of cast acrylic and a length of pipe at least 2 feet long 
  • Flex shaft or Dremel
  • Center punch or 1.5mm ball bur 
  • Dividers 
  • Bur life
  • Drill bits: #58 or #60 
  • 5" or 6" deep saw frame
  • Flat or half round hand file (#0 or #1 cut) or belt sander
  • Medium snap-on-discs 
  • Snap-on-disc mandrel
  • 23 gauge or thinner copper or brass sheet
  • 19 gauge or thinner copper or brass sheet
  • Joyce Chen Shears or Pro Shears
  • Rubber cement or Scotch Permanent Glue Stick 
  • Scissors
  • Ruler 
  • 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
  • Apron
  • Dust mask
  • Safety Glasses and eye magnification if needed
  • 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.

Also needed (contact Jayne to add these into your kit or to rent for the class)

  • Jayne Redman Rotational Bench Pin: Dovetail Base with Aluminum Surface
  • Jayne Redman Dovetail Mounting Plate
  • Magnetic protractor

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.



Students should have previous experience with sawing, filing and using a flex shaft. Any of our basic jewelry classes or the equivalent experience will cover these skills.


Jayne Redman (Guest)

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. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

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).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

For classes that include work time, 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. Some classes, like our short demo only classes, don't require tools or materials to attend. 

We remain committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible while continuing to move forward and adapt to the current circumstances for our in person classes and open studios.

We recommend that in person students be vaccinated, but it's not required. 

Face masks are encouraged while at the school, but no longer required. Students must bring a particulate face mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or similar) to protect against dust and particles when needed and required during class work time.

If you have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms that could be COVID, or feel ill, please don't come to class. Contact us for more information. 

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.