Making Multiples with Blanking Dies

September 22 – 23,
Creative Metal Arts Guild,
Portland, OR

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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.

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. Jayne Redman has been using this method for her own production jewelry for more than 20 years and has developed ways of creating dies and blanking multiples that dramatically speed up production. 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 have the opportunity to make combination silhouette/blanking dies and create relief forms using the hydraulic press. 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. Jayne will also be demonstrating her own inventive methods of forming, connecting, and engineering.




Additional information

Student Tools and Materials

We will be using 1/32” tool steel for blanking dies that will cut up to 22 gauge sheet. Bring 22 gauge or thinner sterling silver for finished pieces. If you have a project in mind that will require thicker metal bring it but know that you will be cutting out shapes by hand.
5” deep saw frame, #110133 – This is important!!! If your tool steel is longer than the saw frame you will not be able to cut out your die!!!
Bur Life, #117003
Half round hand file, #2 cut – #114708
Center punch, #118117
Dividers, #116010
Drawing tools and materials: Plain white copy or inkjet paper, pencil and sharpener, eraser, ruler,
fine Sharpie markers, scissors, exacto knife, compass
Rubber cement