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Flex Shafts Demystified

Confused by the dizzying array of rotary burs, bits, and mandrels on the market? Ready to invest in a flexible shaft machine (or have an old one that needs some TLC), but don’t know where to start? In this essential skill-builder, we will cover all the flexible shaft machine basics, from choosing the right models of motor, handpiece, and rheostat to maintenance and choosing the right bit for the job at hand.  Through a series of detailed demos and Kristin’s thorough handouts, students will gain a firm understanding of rotary bits, from drilling, cutting to grinding and polishing.   

This class is sponsored by Rio Grande and full tuition scholarships are available. Apply for a scholarship today!

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the instructor

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Kristin Mitsu Shiga is a metalsmith and educator who has been tinkering together her life in the arts since 1991. In addition to showing internationally, her work is featured in numerous publications, including Art Jewelry Today, The Art of Enameling and several of Lark Books' "500" series.  From a long line of teachers, Kristin has built a thriving metals programs in New York, Oregon, and in her current home on the Big Island of Hawai’i. You can learn more about Kristin’s work as a maker from her segment on Oregon Artbeat or on her studio’s retail website at okinajewelry.com.


Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. Click the red text to be redirected to a page where you can reference the item. Students are not required to have these supplies during the course - observers are welcome.

The following items are available from West Coast Findings. Email John Vesowate at [email protected] or call 503-227-4401.

  • Flex Shaft Bit Kit

  • Dedeco White Flexie - SE

  • Dedeco White Flexie - KE

  • Blue Polyurethane - SE

  • Miracle Gold SE

  • 3/32" Long Screw Mandre


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