Dies Three Ways – Online, April 11 – 14, 2024

April 11 – 14, 2024
Hosted by Silvera Jewelry School,
Berkeley, California

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Register at: Silvera Jewelry School

Dies Three Ways is not your everyday die-forming workshop! Put an inventive and non-conventional spin on three ways, (at least) of die-forming to reproduce your designs quickly and accurately. Join me on-line for four fun days of learning!

Silhouette dies allow you to make rounded relief forms in metal. Press from both sides of the die to make mirror images for beads or hollow forms. Use thermal reactive plastic for quick contour inserts.

Non-conforming dies carved from cast acrylic add contour and detail to your forms. Combine a silhouette die and a non-conforming die into a hybrid die for both contour and larger relief areas.  Make conforming intensifiers with thermal plastic.

Design and create blanking (pancake) dies to instantly cut out the exact shapes you form, or incorporate your shape within a larger outline.

We will be using the Jayne Redman Rotational Bench Pin System and the Jayne Redman Rotational WorkRing System during the workshop. Both will be available for purchase at special student pricing.

Additional information

Tools and Materials

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.

Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press: Rio Grande or Potter Press: Potter USA
Or: Harbor Freight bench press: Harbor Freight
Or large bench vise: Harbor Freight
If using a bench vise to blank out dies you will need two 1/2” thick pieces of cast acrylic at least 4” x 4” to sandwich your die to protect it from the jaws of the vise: Tap Plastics
You will also need a length of pipe at least 2 feet long that can fit over the end of your vise handle for leverage: Hardware store
Flexible shaft: Rio Grande – Or Dremel: Home Depot
Center punch: Rio Grande – Or 1.5mm ball bur: Rio Grande
Dividers: Rio Grande
Bur life: Rio Grande
Drill bits: #58 or #60, Rio Grande
5" or 6" deep saw frame: Rio Grande
Flat or half round hand file, #0 or #1 cut, Rio Grande – Or belt sander from a hardware store
Snap-on-disc: Rio Grande
Snap-on-disc mandrel: Rio Grande
Metal: Copper and/or brass, 22 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 1/32” thick – 18 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 3/64” thick
Copper and/or brass to test dies.
Shears like Joyce Chen Shears to cut thin metal: Amazon or Kitchen store
Rubber cement or Scotch Permanent Glue Stick – Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
Scissors – Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
Ruler – Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
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: Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
Dust mask
Safety Glasses and eye magnification if needed

Silver or gold sheet: 22 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 1/32” thick – 18 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 3/64” thick
Silver or gold wire for finished pieces – assorted gauges. I use 20 gauge for ear wires.
Wolf Wax High Speed Cylinder Bur: Rio Grande – 25mm x 6.3mm, 25mm x 4.7mm, 25mm x 3.3mm
Additional saw blades 2/0 or 3/0,
Super Pike Saw Blades: Otto Frei or Rio Grande