In this workshop, learn how to make your own Blanking Dies and techniques for die forming in a hydraulic press to easily and accurately shape and cut metal to your specifications.
Prerequisite: This workshop requires experience with basic metalsmithing skills, specifically sawing, filing and using a flex shaft.
Join award-winning jeweler Jayne Redman as she demonstrates her own inventive methods for forming metal, connecting components, and engineering pattern designs. Here’s what you'll learn in this four-day workshop!
NOTE: We provide all tools and equipment for use onsite at Rio Grande.
-How to use silhouette dies to make rounded relief forms in metal: Using a saw, you’ll cut a shape from a sheet of cast acrylic and press metal into the resulting cavity. Turning the die over and pressing from the opposite side will result in a mirror image. Molding in thermal reactive plastic will quickly create dimension and variation in your relief form.
- How to make contour or non-conforming dies to achieve complexity and detail: First, you’ll carve reverse relief shapes in thick cast acrylic with specialized burs and a flex shaft. Then you’ll press metal into the die to duplicate your carving. Both methods of forming can be further enhanced with chasing and repoussé.
- How to make self-registering, one-piece blanking dies to cut original shapes: Whether you’re working with die-formed pieces or flat sheet that is used for another process, you will be amazed at how quickly and easily you can go from concept to executed shape as you make and use your own dies during class.
Though this is a process-oriented, rather than a project-oriented, class, you are encouraged to bring any specific design you may have in mind and work with Jayne to execute your idea, analyzing and resolving any challenges that arise.
What you’ll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your metal-forming and fabrication skills to a higher level.
After this class, we recommend that you consider taking a Hydraulic press to take your skills to the next level and learn more about what the press can do for you and your work.