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Making Multiples with Blanking Dies with Jayne Redman (online)

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)

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Cost: $495.00

What if you could make the same design over and over again, easily, accurately and quickly? You can with a a blanking die and Jayne will show you how!

Self-registering, one piece blanking dies give you the ability to quickly create multiples in metal sheet of the shapes you conceive, affording you time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. Jayne Redman has been using this method for her own jewelry for more than 25 years and has developed ways of creating dies and blanking multiples that dramatically speed up production.

This online Zoom workshop will teach you how to properly develop patterns that will result in successful blanking dies 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 be amazed at how quickly you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own dies during class.

Morning Zoom session 9:30am-noon, break from noon-2pm, Afternoon zoom session 2pm-4:30pm each day 

Techniques taught:

  • • Engineering for centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, and tab construction
  • • Prototyping with heavy aluminum foil
  • • Layout for developing flat patterns used for three dimensional forms
  • • 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 $212, and is payable directly to Jayne. The kit includes material for the dies themselves, Jayne's rotational bench pin* and hardware, as well as other needed supplies.

*If you already have one of Jayne's bench pins, let her know and she will adjust the kit price. 

Please be sure that the address with your class payment is the correct one for shipping. 

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).

This course meets for 3 days, 2.5 hour morning and afternoon sessions each day with a break in between for a total of 15 hours. 

Morning Zoom session 9:30am-noon, break from noon-2pm, Afternoon zoom session 2pm-4:30pm each day

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

Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

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
  • 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 orr 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
  • 22 gauge or thinner copper or brass sheet
  • 18 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.


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

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.


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.

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Jayne Redman

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Making Multiples with Blanking Dies with Jayne Redman (online)

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