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Dies Three Ways with Jayne Redman

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, July 16, 2021, 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, July 18, 2021, 9:30AM - 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $625.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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Join Jayne Redman for this exciting class and learn three ways of die forming that will allow you to reproduce your designs quickly and accurately! With the use of a hydraulic press you will be able to easily shape and cut metal to your specifications.

- Silhouette dies allow you to make rounded relief forms in metal. You will be sawing out a shape in a sheet of cast acrylic and pressing metal into the resulting cavity. Turning the die over and pressing from the opposite side will result in a mirror image. The addition of molding in thermal reactive plastic quickly creates dimension and variation in your relief form.

- Carving contour, or non-conforming, dies in thick cast acrylic allows for complexity and detail. You will carve reverse relief shapes with specialized burs and a flex shaft then press metal into the die to duplicate your carving. Both methods of forming can be further enhanced with chasing and repoussé.

- Self-registering, one piece blanking dies give you the ability to quickly cut out the shapes you conceive. Whether you are working with die formed pieces or flat sheet that is used for another process, you will be amazed at how easily you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own dies during class.


A hydraulic press or access to a hydraulic press is needed for this class
If you don't have a hydraulic press or want to learn about them before you buy one, sign up for our Hydraulic Press workshop, which is in June 2020. 

Techniques taught:

  • • How to use a hydraulic press
  • • How to design and make a silhouette die
  • • How to design and make a non-conforming die
  • • Creating contour with thermal plastic
  • • Layout for a blanking die that will be used with silhouette and non-conforming dies
  • • How to correctly use a saw frame and choosing saw blades for sawing tool steel
  • • How to saw a blanking die out of tool steel using a rotational bench pin
  • • How to blank out a relief form with a blanking die
  • • Tips and tricks using flex shaft accessories
  • • How to make your own forming tools

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


A kit of materials needed for this class is $125, and is payable directly to Jayne. The kit includes material for the jigs and tool alteration, as well as other needed supplies. 

Kits will be shipped via USPS Priority mail 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.


About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and 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).

Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a 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. 

Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.

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 other brand such as a Potter Press
  • Flexible 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 from a hardware store
  • Snap-on sanding discs
  • Snap-on mandrel
  • Ball burs such as Lynx Round Bur Sets, 2.7mm to 8mm and Lynx Round Bur set .05mm to 2.5mm 
  • Round diamond burs like set of 10 
  • Copper and/or brass, 24 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 1/32” thick – 20 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 3/64” thick
  • Joyce Chen Shears or Pro Shears
  • For working with thermal plastic: Stainless steel pot, stainless steel spoon, glass or metal bowls for ice water. (Don’t try to use a plastic bowl. The thermal plastic will stick to it.) Hot plate or other heat source for keeping water close to boiling temperature in the stainless steel pot.
  • Cooking spray like Pam
  • Rubber cement or Scotch Permanent Glue Stick 
  • Scissors
  • Ruler 
  • Exacto knife
  • 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

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.


Photos: Vessel Pendant by Cyd Rowley; Flower by Elizabeth Lyne, all others Jayne Redman



Previous experience with sawing, filing and using a flex shaft. Basic jewelry skills like sawing, drilling, soldering.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Jayne Redman

Upcoming Schedule

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Dies Three Ways with Jayne Redman

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