April 24 – 25, 2015
Brighton Beads and More
One-piece blanking dies allow you to easily cut out precise duplicate shapes from silver, gold and other non-ferrous sheet metals. Jayne Redman has been using this method for her own production jewelry for 18 years and has developed ways of creating dies and blanking multiples that dramatically speed up the production process. In this workshop you will learn how to develop patterns for this process and the method of sawing dies from flat stock tool steel. You will also learn various methods of forming the shapes you design. You will be amazed at how quickly you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own blanking dies during class. Jayne will be demonstrating her own inventive methods of forming, connecting, and engineering. Basic metalsmithing skills such as sawing and filing are required.
This is a process oriented not project oriented workshop although if you have a specific design in mind Jayne would be happy to work with you to problem solve. Please feel free to contact her at www.jayneredmanjewelry.com with questions.
We will be using Susan Kingsley’s book, Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Silversmiths, as a reference.