Form and Function: Engineering for Multiples

Course Description

About this course

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. This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns for intricate engineering concepts. Jayne 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 perfect tab construction. You will also make self-registering, one-piece blanking dies to quickly create multiples in sheet metal of an any shape, affording you time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling your designs. 

Meet the Instructor

Jayne Redman

Nature provides an endless reference for imagination and invention. The linear quality of stems and the fullness of flower buds inspire my jewelry. I enjoy integrating mechanics with design, allowing each piece to function in a visually intriguing way. I work with multiples of the same shape engineering them to fit precisely giving an abstract impression of their botanical origin.

Many years of metalsmithing have taught me the power of simplicity. My forms begin as flat metal shapes and arrive as small sculptures. Their complexity is in their conception as curving planes of origami.

Jayne Redman, a Maine native, earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her jewelry career in the fashion jewelry industry in New York as a design and production assistant. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982.

Jayne began developing the Floraforms Collection in 1995. In 1998, Jayne won the NICHE Award for Silver Jewelry with her Tulip Earrings and was a finalist in the same category for her Sweet Pea Earrings. That year the American Craft Council selected a piece from her collection as "representative of the quality of work found at all ACC events" to use in advertising their wholesale markets. She was one of two runners-up for the American Jewelry Design Council's New Talent Competition in 2000. Jayne's Calla Lily Necklace was awarded first place in the Pendants-Necklaces category of Lapidary Journal's Jewelry Arts Awards for 2004. Her Palm Leaf Pin was a finalist in the 2005 NICHE Awards. Her Dahlia Necklace was a finalist in the 2009 Saul Bell Awards.

Jayne has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines. Examples of her work were used to illustrate the books Art Jewelry Today by Donna Z. Meilach, Making Metal Beads by Pauline Warg, and 500 Earrings, by Lark Books. She was a contributer to the book Profiting by Design by Marlene Richey.

Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals and teaches workshops nationally and at Wolf Designs in Portland, Maine. She maintains a studio in southern Maine and is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.


Materials & Tools 

There is an estimated $45 materials fee payable to the instructor at the end of this workshop. Jayne will supply copper for samples as well as her rotational bench pin and a magnetic protractor for each student to use. Bench pins can be purchased at a discounted price at the end of the workshop. Tool steel and saw blades will be available for purchase as well as an assortment of cast acrylic blocks and Delrin rods.

Students should bring 

You will be using 1/32 inch tool steel for blanking dies that will cut up to 22 gauge sheet. Bring 22 gauge or thinner sterling or argentium silver, gold, copper, or brass for finished pieces. If you have a project in mind that will require thicker metal, 3/64” tool steel can be supplied for purchase by request. It will cut out metal up to 18 gauge. 

Metalwerx has a limited quantity of the following available for studio use, but we recommend you bring your own if you have it or do not want to share and wait for them to become available during class.

  • 5” deep saw frame (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
  • Center punch like Rio Grande #118117 or 1.5mm ball bur any brand
  • Dividers like Rio Grande #116010
  • Flat hand file, #0, or #1 cut
  • Rubber cement
  • Double stick tape
  • Tracing paper and white printer paper
  • Drawing materials including rulers, Sharpie markers, pencils and erasers, compass, plastic templates, X-acto knife
  • Apron, dust mask, eye magnification and protection


$750.00 $712.50
5% discount until June 29

Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Jayne Redman


July 29 -August 2, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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