Making Multiples with Blanking Dies: Online Workshop

December 4 – 6, 2020
Silvera Jewelry School,
Berkeley, California



Register at: Silvera Jewelry School 

What if you could make the same design over and over again, easily, accurately and quickly? You can with a a blanking die and Jayne will show you how!

Self-registering, one piece blanking dies give you the ability to quickly create multiples in metal sheet of the shapes you conceive, affording you time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. Jayne Redman has been using this method for her own jewelry for more than 25 years and has developed ways of creating dies and blanking multiples that dramatically speed up production.

This online Zoom workshop will teach you how to properly develop patterns that will result in successful blanking dies and introduce you to 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 be amazed at how quickly you can go from original idea to duplicated shape as you make and use your own dies during class.

Pacific Times given: Morning Zoom session 9:30am-noon, break from noon-2pm, Afternoon zoom session 2pm-4:30pm each day

Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class. Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

Additional information

Tools and Materials

A kit of materials needed for this class is $212, and is payable directly to Jayne. The kit includes material for the dies themselves, Jayne's rotational bench pin* and hardware, as well as other needed supplies.

*If you already have one of Jayne's bench pins, let her know and she will adjust the kit price.

Please be sure that the address with your class payment is the correct one for shipping.

A handout will be included with the kit. On the last page of the handout is a list of tools and materials Jayne uses in her work. She will be demonstrating or mentioning many of them.

Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

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
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

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.