Tools and Jigs – Online, November 14 – 17, 2024

November 14 – 17, 2024
On-line at Silvera Jewelry School,
Berkeley, California

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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 cloisonnĂ© 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.

Additional information

Tools and Materials

20 gauge half hard sterling wire
Flexible shaft, or Dremel: Home Depot
Bur life
Drill bits #60
Saw frame, 5" or 6"
Wax file
Assorted Needle Files
Flush cutters
Metal shears like Joyce Chen shears
For working with thermal plastic: Stainless steel pot, stainless steel spoon, glass or metal bowls for ice water. (Don’t try to use a plastic bowl. The thermal plastic will stick to it.) Hot plate or other heat source for keeping water close to boiling temperature in the stainless-steel pot.
Cooking spray like Pam
Dust mask
Safety Glasses
Eye magnification if needed
Double stick tape
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

Fine nose pliers set: Rio Grande, to be used for modifying for additional purposes
Online Metals, Round bar pack natural acetal – Discount price for Delrin rod assortment
Round drawplate with Tungsten Carbide inserts: Rio Grande
Draw tongs
Foredom drill press

Optional but Highly recommended!
Cylinder burs
Wolf Wax High Speed Cylinder Bur – 25mm x 6.3mm, 25mm x 4.7mm, 25mm x 3.3mm
Wolf Wax Trimmer
Non Marring Vise Jaw Accessory – Amazon
Japanese Pull Saw: Hida Tool, Home Depot, Amazon, fantastic saws for plastic and wood!