Register at: Silvera Jewelry School
Creating findings that combine form with function will add to the uniqueness of your designs. The challenge is in duplicating them! Jayne Redman will show you how by introducing you to the many methods of making tools and jigs she has developed.
This workshop will focus on ways to duplicate three dimensional shapes in wire including linkage systems, ear wires, clasps, and other unique findings. You will make a series of tools that will give you time saving ways of measuring, cutting, connecting, and forming sheet and wire accurately in coils, circles, and straight lengths.
Learn how to modify pliers to create perfect wire loops with accurate inside diameters, tapered tube crimps to attach tubular clasps to chain or neck wire coils, notches in handmade ear posts, and specialty forming pliers.
Hard and thermal reactive plastics are perfect for forming tools and jigs that won’t mar metal. Some of the tools you will make include a “u” tool for conforming both sides of a shape at once, pushing tools that model metal in various ways, and a fingernail tool that will slide over and under shapes to be bent, and assist in closing loops. Design multiple jigs for single and reverse curve ear wires and linkage systems, and easily duplicate cloisonné wires.
You will gain the knowledge to comfortably modify existing tools and invent tools and jigs of your own design. You will be able to make exact duplicates of your forms and findings, enhancing your craftsmanship and adding appeal to your jewelry.