Jigs for Multiples: Working with Wire

Course Description

About this course

Creating findings that combine form with function adds to the uniqueness of jewelry designs, but can be a challenge to duplicate! In this intensive virtual course, Jayne Redman will introduce students to the many methods of making tools and jigs for multiples that she has developed.

This course will focus on ways to design and duplicate three-dimensional shapes in wire. Learn how to modify pliers to create perfect wire loops with accurate inside diameters, tapered crimps to attach tubular clasps or elements to neck wire coils, and compressed notches in ear posts. Students will make a series of tools for time saving ways of measuring, cutting, connecting, and forming wire accurately in coils, circles, and straight lengths. Many variations of jigs will be developed for single and reverse curve ear wires, linkage systems, and cloisonné wires.

In addition to making, modifying, and inventing forming tools of their own, students will also gain the knowledge of how to work with acrylic, Delrin, thermal plastic, and wood - materials that are perfect for creating tools and jigs that don't mar metal and enable exact duplicates to be made, enhancing craftsmanship and adding appeal to jewelry!

Tips and tricks for rotary accessories, how to draw wire properly, milling with a drill press, and using the Rotational Bench Pin as a hands free work surface will also be covered. 

This course will consist of three sessions. Each session will consist of the following:

  • Demonstrations and work time from 10:00AM to 12:30PM
  • Off-camera lunch break or independent work time from 12:30PM to 2:00PM
  • Demonstrations and work time from 2:00PM to 4:30PM

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

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 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. She has exhibited at numerous fine functional art shows and is represented by fine jewelry galleries and craft stores across the country. Her tools for Making Multiples are available at www.jayneredmanjewelry.com. Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals. She teaches workshops nationally and at her studio in Falmouth, Maine.


Niche Award, 1998 - Winner Silver Jewelry, Tulip Earrings, finalist Sweet Pea Earrings

American Jewelry Design Council New Talent Competition, 2000 – one of three finalists.

Lapidary Journal Jewelry Arts Award, 2004 – First Place, Necklaces, Calla Lily Necklace

Niche Award, 2005 – finalist, Silver Jewelry, Palm Leaf Pin

Saul Bell Awards, 2009 - finalist, Silver, Dahlia Necklace



Art Jewelry Today, by Donna Z. Meilach

500 Earrings, Lark Books

21st Century Jewelry - The Best of the 500 Series, Lark Books

Celebrating 70, by Karen Lorene

Making Metal Beads, by Pauline Warg

Profiting By Design, by Marlene Richey - Contributor

Jewelry Metals, edited by James Binnion - Contributor: Step by Step Keum-boo Process

Linking Our Lineage: 12 Techniques from 12 master Smiths edited by Victoria Lansford

Feature articles in Crafts Report, MJSA Journal, Lapidary Journal, Art Jewelry Magazine,

Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines.


Selected Teaching Experience

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

Metalwerx, Waltham, MA

Craft Guild of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, Albuquerque, NM

Revere Academy, San Francisco, CA

Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, TX

Flux Metal Arts, Mentor, OH

The Craft Center at NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL 

The Ranch - Center for Arts and Craft, Snohomish, WA

Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, CT

Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Georgia Goldsmiths Guild, Atlanta, GA

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa AZ

Materials & Tools 

There is a $160 kit fee payable to Jayne Redman via Venmo or PayPal. Jayne will email each student with a full list of her kit tools and additional materials for sale. Students will receive a 10% to 15% discount off retail pricing. To see all available tools with their descriptions, go to www.jayneredmanjewelry.com.

  • step by Step handouts
  • wooden dowel set of 8
  • Delrin block prepared for jigs, 3” x 3” x 3/4”
  • Delrin block, 3” x 3” x 1/4”
  • Delrin rods
  • acrylic square, 6” x 6” x 3/16”
  • thermal plastic  
  • skip tooth saw blades
  • 20 piece assorted flex shaft accessories
  • round/flat nose pliers for modification
  • bent chain nose pliers for modification
  • nylon pliers
  • tweezers
  • steel rods
  • nickel sheet
  • drill bits
  • 4’ hardened sterling wire. 20 gauge
  • brass wire, 20 gauge
  • USPS flat rate shipping
Students should bring 

Students will be responsible for providing the following items. Some suggested vendors have been linked for reference (red text).

Metal/Raw materials (if you have a Hoover & Strong account, you can get the optional 18g sterling wire):

  • 2ft or more x sterling wire - 20g half hard (Rio Grande)
  • several feet x sterling wire - 18g drawn 7 dies hard - optional

Hand tools:

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • cooking spray - such as Pam
  • apron
  • particulate dust mask
  • safety glasses
  • eye magnificaiton - if needed
  • rags/towels
  • compass
  • scissors
  • double stick tape
  • paper - tracing and printer/copier paper
  • drawing implements - Sharpies, pencils, templates, etc.
  • stainless steel pot
  • stanless steel spoon
  • glass or metal bowl - for ice water
  • hot plate or other heat source - to keep water close to boiling

You will need a laptop, desktop computer, iPad, or tablet as well as a secondary video device (such as a smart phone) with a tripod or holder connected to the Zoom meeting so that the instructor can see and assist you. 




Jayne Redman


May 14 -16, 2021


10:00 AM -4:30 PM


3 days

Intermediate and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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