Imagery on Die Formed Silver

August 25 – 29, 2022
In-person at The Craft Guild of Dallas,
Dallas, Texas

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Elizabeth Lyne is inspired by graceful forms and patterns in nature – soft lines and swirls of feathers and fur, flower petals and butterfly wings. She has brought those impressions to her jewelry by expanding on methods of etching to create a unique process. She is able to control and duplicate her results to provide deep texture and detail to make her jewelry come alive.

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. She has perfected the process of quickly duplicating shapes by cutting them out with blanking dies and then forming those shapes with tools and jigs of her invention.

Jayne and Elizabeth have combined their knowledge in this workshop. Students will learn how to transform their own drawings, photos, or imagery from copyright-free sources, into high contrast, black & white images that are ideal for etching.  After etching them onto silver, they will enhance their shapes with die forming techniques to give them more dimension. They will create layouts of multiple shapes for etching and make blanking dies to quickly cut them out.

We will be utilizing a scanner, a computer with image editing software (instructions for Windows & Mac computers will be provided), and a laser printer to prepare the images. Students will also receive instruction on how to create images manually using oil-based pens.

Additional information

Student Supplies

Tools for this Class – The Craft Guild is equipped with many of these at the student benches:

Students with access to a laptop computer should bring one and can download the free image editing program called Gimp ( or Photoshop.

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
Super Pike Saw Blades: 2/0 or 3/0 – Otto Frei
Pike Platinum Saw Blades: 2/0 or 3/0 – Otto Frei
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
Ball burs such as Lynx Round Bur Sets, 2.7mm to 8mm – Rio Grande #344340, and Lynx Round Bur set .05mm to 2.5mm – Rio Grande #344335
Round diamond burs like set of 10 – Rio Grande #343010
Metal: Copper and/or brass, 24 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 1/32” thick – 20 gauge or thinner to use with blanking dies 3/64” thick
Copper and/or brass to test dies.
Double stick tape
Scissors – Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
Ruler – Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
Exacto knife – Office supply store like Staples or Amazon
Paper, including tracing paper and white printer/copier paper. Drawing materials including rulers, black sharpie markers in a variety of widths, 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
Copyright-free books of drawings or your own drawings or images

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.

Highly recommended!
– Wolf Wax Trimmer used with a cylinder bur to create 90 degree walls on your silhouette die for mirror image pieces
– 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
Pike Platinum Saw Blades: Otto Frei

A kit of $140 for this class, will be payable to Jayne via Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, check or credit card at the workshop. It will include tools and materials necessary for the etching and forming processes. Tool steel for blanking dies as well as extra materials will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Students will also be able to purchase any Jayne Redman Tools at a student discount.