Guest Instructors are starting to come back to the studio, with precautions and limited attendance. Our first Guest Instructor workshop is Colorful Creations: Drawing on Metal with Deb Karash
Also, if you are new to jewelry making and want to get started, see our For Beginners section to learn more.
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. Using nature as her inspiration, she considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying innovative engineering methods. How petals are attached to each other can generate an idea for an assembly process. Studying the curve of a leaf can lead to a new forming technique. The graceful bend of a flower stem can become an ear wire design.
This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns for many of the engineering concepts that Jayne Redman works with in her jewelry. 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 tab construction.
Self registering, one piece blanking dies will give you the ability to quickly create multiples in metal sheet of the shapes you conceive, affording you the time to get lost in the design process and experiment with forming and assembling. When you learn the method of sawing blanking dies from flat stock tool steel, 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.
We will be using 1/32” tool steel for blanking dies that will cut up to 22 gauge sheet.
Students should bring the following tools and materials to use for the workshop.
If you have a project in mind that will require thicker metal bring it but know that you will be cutting out shapes by hand.
If the tool steel is longer than the saw frame, you won't be able to cut out the die!