2023 April 7, 8, 9, 10 Multiples: Tools and Jigs with Jayne Redman is coming to Diane Weimer's studio in Long Beach, CA. Cost- $572 Kit- $125
This workshop will focus on ways to make tools and jigs to form three dimensional shapes and unique findings including ear wires, linkage systems, and clasps. You will make a series of tools that will give you time saving ways of measuring, cutting, connecting and forming sheet and wire accurately in coils or circles and straight lengths. You will make several variations of jigs for single and reverse curve ear wires and linkage systems of your own design. These methods can also be used for perfectly duplicating cloisonné wires. You will also learn how to draw wire down from a larger diameter to a smaller one, work hardening the wire to make it suitable for unique findings that will retain their shape.
You will modifying pliers to create perfect wire loops with accurate inside diameters, tapered tube crimps to attach tubular clasps to chain or neck wire coils, notches in handmade ear posts and specialty forming pliers.
Hard and thermal reactive plastics, are perfect for forming tools and jigs that won't mar metal. Some of the tools you will make include a "u" tool for conforming both sides of a shape at once, pushing tools that model sheet metal in various ways, and a fingernail tool that will slide over and under shapes to be bent and also assist in closing loops. Other tools can be dapping molds, wire jigs, and devices for stone settings.
You will leave the workshop with the knowledge to comfortably modify existing tools and invent tools and jigs of your own design. You will be able to make exact duplicates of your forms and findings, enhancing your craftsmanship and adding appeal to your jewelry.