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Tips and Tricks for Expert Flexshaft Use

Efficient use of a rotary flexible shaft and it's many commercially produced and handmade individualized tools will be taught in this compact skill and knowledge building 1-day workshop!

Production methods for making stone settings, hinges, polishing, and finishing will all be covered. Tricks to increase productivity and finishing methodology will additionally be highlighted throughout the course. Additional emphasis will be placed on rotary bit use for building catches, scoring and bending straight lines and curves with rotary discs, and approaches for other construction procedures.

Come join us for this energetic, condensed workshop which will be jam-packed with expert level tips and tricks for building up your flexshaft knowledge - students will leave ready to take on all their rotary based endeavors with confidence!

This class is sponsored by Rio Grande and a limited number of scholarships are available. Apply now!

Meet the instructor

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Charles Lewton-Brain studied and worked in Europe and North America. He lectures and publishes internationally on his research into rapid manipulation of metal and it's surface for artistic and manufacturing purposes. He invented Fold-Forming, an internationally reconized new approach to working sheet metals. Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he writes, exhibits and works in his studio. He is President of the Canadian Crafts Federation. He thinks of himself as an artist who works primarily in the context of body ornament. He is a founding partner in the world's largest free educational web site for jewelers, ganoksin.com and has over 700 pages of his writing there.


Materials & Tools

There is a $32 materials fee for this workshop payable upon registration. The materials kit fee covers silicon carbide discs, slotted mandrel, screw mandrel, copper sheet metal (24g), selection of emery sandpapers, brass nesting tubes (square, round), wood, solder, and other various miscellaneous materials needed to complete workshop objectives.

Students should bring

Metalwerx has basic hand tools and rotary bits for communal use, but you may wish to bring your own in addition to:

  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • notebook or sketchpad

  • pen or pencil

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave


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