Making Multiples: Combination Blanking/Silhouette Dies

April 22 – 24, 2017,
Wesleyan Potters,
Middletown, CT

SKU: April 22 - 24, 2017 Category:


Register at:

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 works with in her jewelry. She 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.

Self registering, one piece blanking dies will give you the ability to quickly create multiples in metal sheet of the shapes you conceive, affording you the time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. When you learn the method of sawing blanking dies from flat stock tool steel you will be amazed at how quickly you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own dies during class.

Combination Blanking/Silhouette dies will allow you to reproduce rounded relief forms in metal and then quickly cut them out. The addition of molding in thermal reactive plastic will create complexity, dimension, and variation in your forms.

There will be a kit fee of $65 for this workshop. Jayne will be supply a rotational bench pin for each student to use. They will be available for purchase at the end of the workshop for a special workshop discount.

Additional information


July 13 – 14, 2016, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA