Form and Function: Engineering for Multiples

June 22 – 25, 2021, Genevieve Flynn Studio,

Kansas City, Missouri

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Jayne Redman is known for her unusual way of working with metal in three dimensions, often using multiples of the same shape to convey a single idea. Using nature as her inspiration she considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying innovative engineering methods. How petals are attached to each other can generate an idea for an assembly process. Studying the curve of a leaf can lead to a new forming technique. The graceful bend of a flower stem can become an ear wire design.

This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns for many of the engineering concepts that Jayne Redman works with in her jewelry. Jayne will take you through the design process from initial drawings to final prototypes and finished pieces. You will learn the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, and tab construction. You will be working with cold connections as well as soldering techniques. Making one piece blanking dies will give you the ability to quickly create multiples of the shapes you conceive in metal sheet, affording you the time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling those shapes.


Additional information

Student Tools and Materials

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 1.5 feet long, or (as one student suggested) cut off the small end of an aluminum baseball bat!
Flex shaft or Dremel
Center punch or 1.5mm ball bur
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
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
Dust mask
Safety Glasses and eye magnification if needed