Making Multiples: Blanking Dies & Pattern Development

Course Description

About this course

Looking for a way to dramatically speed up your production process? Self-registering one-piece blanking dies allows you to easily cut out precise duplicate shapes from silver, gold and other non-ferrous sheet metals, giving you the time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. Jayne Redman has been using this method for her own production jewelry for more than 25 years and has developed ways of creating dies and blanking multiples to maximize your time. 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.

This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns 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 learn the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, and tab construction. You will learn computer skills for design layout, scaling and transforming. She will also be demonstrating her inventive methods of shaping and connecting.

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 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 

Jayne will supply a rotational bench pin and protractor for each student to use and have some available for purchase. She will also have tool steel, saw blades, and cast acrylic for purchase.

  • Jayne Redman Rotational Bench Pin with aluminum sawing surface - $123
  • 18” x 4” x 1/32” tool steel - $33 *Please note: This tool steel is meant for cutting out 22 gauge or thinner metal sheet.
  • Saw blades, #3/0 - $3/dozen
  • Magnetic Protractor - $10
  • 3" x 3" x1/4" cast acrylic - $2 per sheet
Students should bring 
  • Drill bits: Suggested #60, or what your saw blade will fit through. There will be some available to share in the studio.
  • Metal: 22 gauge or thinner - scrap copper and/or brass to test dies. New thin gauge copper will be available at the class for purchase as needed and anything in our scrap bin is free game. If students wish to work in other metals (sterling silver, gold, Argentium, etc) please bring 22 gauge or thinner.
  • Paper, including tracing paper and white printer/copier paper. Drawing materials including rulers, Sharpie markers, pencils and erasers, compasses, and dividers, plastic templates.
  • Flat or half round hand file, #0, or #1 cut
  • your favorite hand tools


Metalwerx has tools available to use during class, but you may have to share.

  • rubber cement
  • a center punch or 1.5mm ball bur
  • 5" or 6" saw frame
  • files
  • A glass bowl or metal pot, metal spoon and knife.

For making combination silhouette/blanking dies (Jayne will provide a few for students to share):



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Jayne Redman


March 22 -24, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Intermediate and above
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