FREE JewelryTalk: Tim Sheriff and Jayne Redman

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Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools USA and Jayne Redman - designer and educator, are passionate about making jewelry. They create new tools to make that process easier, precise, and ergonomic.
Learn about their histories as jewelers, and tool inventers, and their collaboration on the new Jayne Redman Rotational WorkRing System.

About Tim:

My journey into jewelry making began in the early 1980s. While vacationing on the North Shore of Lake Superior, my wife, Judy, taught me the fine art of agate hunting. I bought a rock tumbler to polish the agates, and tools and equipment to make cabochons with my own mountings. I became addicted. 

Many things in life happen by chance or providence. My first connection to Swanstrom Tools was when the fishing tackle company I worked for selected them to shepherd a new product through the development and manufacturing process. Later, I left the tackle company to work at Swanstrom Tools. Since I made jewelry as a hobby, Jack Swanstrom tasked me with working with Rio Grande to develop a line of products for jewelry making. He provided a work enviroment that blurred the line between work and play. 

Jack's son, John, along with his wife Erin, now own Swanstrom and they have taken things to a new level encouraging me to unleash my creative energy. I have seven patents on tools I have developed during my 30 plus years with Swanstrom. I'm well past retirement age, but still working because it's so much fun and I need the income to support my jewelry making addiction. 


About Jayne: 

Jayne Redman earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art and Design in 1977. Upon graduation she developed and taught the first Continuing Studies program in Jewelry and Metals for the college. In 1979 she became a design and production assistant for a New York jewelry designer in the fashion industry. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982 and exhibited her work nationally at fine craft shows and galleries.

Jayne began designing her award winning Floraforms® Collection in 1995 which resulted in creating unique tools and jigs to precisely duplicate the sculptural metal and wire shapes of her jewelry. This necessitated having tools made for her assistants and then for her students as she began teaching workshops in her methods.

Jayne now teaches her innovative engineering and production techniques at jewelry schools and organizations around the country and at her studio in Southern Maine. She continues to add to her line of jewelry tools which is sold by Rio Grande Jewelry Supply and on her website,


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