Known for her innovative approach to working with three-dimensional components, Jayne Redman has mastered the art of using multiples of the same shape in her designs. This week, she was at Rio Grande teaching her class, Form and Function—Engineering for Multiples. We popped in to get a few tips for makers interested in her process.
Jayne begins class with an introduction on creating shapes that work together and her own inventive methods for forming metal and connecting components.
She uses multiple, identical pieces of flat metal sheet and shapes them into uniform, three-dimensional works of art. For this process, it’s important to have a good understanding of how metal forms and how shapes can work together so she offers this helpful tip:
“A great tip when making multiples is to use 36-gauge aluminum foil. It’s fantastic for quickly making prototypes for pattern development. I glue my paper patterns to the foil and cut them out with kitchen shears,” says Jayne.
The main objective of Jayne Redman’s class is to teach jewelers how to make blanking dies that can quickly cut multiples of the same shape from a variety of types of metal sheet. Students learn the process of designing, creating and working with blanking dies and how quickly they can take their original idea from design to production using Jayne’s methods.
“Making Multiples simply means duplicating a shape in metal. It can also mean creating a complex form by assembling duplicates of the same shape. By using blanking dies we can make these duplicates quickly and precisely, speeding up production and allowing us the time to get lost in the design process.” —Jayne Redman
A blanking die is made out of tool steel. The die pattern is sawed at an angle, which creates a sheering action. Jayne breaks down the anatomy of a blanking die using helpful diagrams to explain how to achieve the proper sawing angle and shows students how to develop patterns for the blanking die process. Then, using her innovative rotational bench pin system and a protractor gauge to achieve a perfect angle, students use a 3/0 Original Laser Blades™ saw blade to cut an effective, long-lasting blanking die. Jayne recommends using the orginal laser saw blades because they are more rigid and cut through the tool steel better.
“I still have the first blanking die I created for making my Floraforms® collection in 1995. I’m still using it today—it has blanked-out thousands of shapes.” —Jayne Redman