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Creating findings that combine form with function adds uniqueness to your designs. The challenge is in duplicating them! Jayne Redman will show you how by introducing you to the many methods of making tools and jigs she has developed.
This workshop will focus on ways to duplicate three dimensional shapes and unique findings including ear wires, linkage systems, and clasps. You will make a series of tools that will give you time saving ways of measuring, cutting, connecting and forming sheet and wire accurately in coils or circles and straight lengths. You will also learn how to draw wire down from a larger diameter to a smaller one, work hardening the wire to make it suitable for findings that will retain their shape.
You will modify pliers to create perfect wire loops with accurate inside diameters, tapered tube crimps to attach tubular clasps to chain or neck wire coils, notches in handmade ear posts, and specialty forming pliers.
Hard and thermal reactive plastics are perfect for forming tools and jigs that won't mar metal. Some of the tools you will make include a "u" tool for conforming both sides of a shape at once, pushing tools that model metal in various ways, and a fingernail tool that will slide over and under shapes to be bent and also assist in closing loops. You will make several variations of jigs for single and reverse curve ear wires and linkage systems of your own design. These methods can also be used for perfectly duplicating cloisonné wires.
You will gain the knowledge to comfortably modify existing tools and invent tools and jigs of your own design. You will be able to make exact duplicates of your forms and findings, enhancing your craftsmanship and adding appeal to your jewelry.
• How to make your own forming tools for sheet and wire
• How to easily modify metal tools including pliers
• Making jigs with acrylic, delrin, thermal plastic and wood
• Tips and tricks using flex shaft accessories
• Drawing wire
• Using a drill press for milling
• Using the Jayne Redman Rotational Bench Pin as a hands free work surface
A kit of materials needed for this class is $160, and is payable directly to Jayne. The kit includes material for the jigs and tool alteration, 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.
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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 course meets for 4 days, 2.5 hour morning and afternoon sessions each day with a break in between for a total of 20 hours.
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
- 20 gauge half hard sterling wire- six feet
- Flex shaft or Dremel
- Bur life
- Drill bits: #58 or #60
- Saw frame
- Wax file
- Assorted Needle Files
- Flush cutters
- Chain nose pliers
- Flat nose pliers
- Metal shears
- Bench vise
- Stainless steel pot
- Stainless steel spoon
- glass or metal bowl
- Hot plate or other heat source for keeping water close to boiling.
- Non-Stick cooking spray like Pam
- Dust mask
- Safety Glasses
- Eye magnification if needed
- 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
- 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.
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