Form and Function: Engineering for Multiples

This workshop will teach you how to develop patterns for many of the engineering concepts that Jayne Redman works with in her jewelry.
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Form & Function: Engineering for Multiples


Call to register for this workshop (919) 732-9702 or register online.

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.

Dorthy 6-petal Shapes - Jayne Redman
Dorthy 6-petal Shapes - Jayne Redman
Star Anise Earrings - Jayne Redman
Black Oxidized Tulip Earrings - Jayne Redman

Tools & Materials

  • Copper

    Provided by Jayne for samples
  • Rotational bench pin

    Provided by Jayne (Available for purchase)
  • Saw blades

    3/0 (Available for purchase)
  • Tool steel

    (Available for purchase)

    We will be using 1/32” tool steel for blanking dies that will cut up to 22 gauge sheet.

Student Supplies

Students should bring the following tools and materials to use for the workshop.

  • 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 bring it but know that you will be cutting out shapes by hand.

  • 5” deep saw frame


    If the tool steel is longer than the saw frame, you won't be able to cut out the die!

  • Bur life

  • Center punch or 1.5mm ball bur

    Any Brand
  • Dividers

    like Rio Grande #116010
  • Flat hand file

    #0 or #1 cut
  • Rubber cement or double stick tape

  • Paper

    Tracing paper and white printer/copier paper
  • Drawing materials

    Rulers, Sharpie markers, pencils and erasers, compass, plastic templates

Studio Tools & Equipment

Tools for each student will be available for use through OQZO Metalsmith.
  • Bench workspaces for each student

  • Sink / Close access to water source

  • Hydraulic press with two 6” x 6” x 1/2” sheets of acrylic and/or a Large Bench vise

  • Flex shafts

  • Foredom or small bench top drill press

  • C-clamp to attach bench pin to bench

The Studio

Take a Class • Teach a Class • Open Studio Time Available

OQZO Metalsmith is located in the beautiful and quiet woods of Hillsborough, North Carolina and provides a well-lit, well-equipped studio enviroment perfect for teaching and creating handmade sterling silver jewelry.

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