How to Use Flex Shaft Tools | Jewelry Making


Courtney Gray: Welcome to Creative Side Jewelry
Academy of Austin, online at creativeside.org. I’m Courtney Gray. I started my school here, Creative Side Jewelry
Academy, four years ago. I’m here in Austin, and I’m going to tell
you about jewelry making today. I’m going to show you guys how to use your
flex shaft tools today. Once you get into jewelry making, it’s a very
important tool. We find it really really essential for finishing
out jewelry, drilling holes, all sorts of things that you can use this tool for. It is a foot-operated piece of equipment. You have a motor, you have a hand piece and
then you have a foot pedal that actually controls that motor. A lot of flex shafts will go in a forward
or reverse depending in what you are trying to do. A lot of stone setters or gem setters find
that very helpful. What I am going to show you is how to load
your burs and bits into the flex shaft. It comes with a toggle just like you would
use with a drill. It has a toggle key to open up that chuck
inside. And you want to place your bit in there accordingly. So depending on the thickness of the mandrill
of your tool, you’ll need to open that up. I’m going to show you how to use a cut-off
wheel. This is a really powerful tool, so I’m going
to put on my safety glasses. So what I’m going to show you is if you have
some rough spots on a piece of jewelry, whether it is cast or fabricated, this is an excellent
tool to use to rough down some of these things. Flue them out, removing heavy scratches. Always start with your heaviest tool and then
work your way to your finer tools. You can work down to sandpaper at this point
or whatever you choose. So you can work your way down, depending on
whether you have scratches on the top, you can do the top. As you see here, I always have my pointer
finger propped on my bench pad while I’m holding the flex shaft tool. So there’s a ton of tools. If you start looking in catalogues or online. There are silicon wheels, this is an excellent
tool, a very professional tool. There are pink ones here. If you are polishing around a gemstone, you
don’t want to mar that gemstone. I have a little scroll on this piece of jewelry,
and I’m going to take a tiny little ball bur and very slowly, see how that bur wants to
jump out of there. You have to really show it to stay where you
need it. So tons of different shapes out there. There is a inverted cone burs, there’s burs
for cutting wax, there’s a particular bur you want to get for cutting different types
of wax. Steel brush, I’ll show you how to use that. There’s kind of an antique look on your metal. This is a very nice tool. Look what it does. I’m not really finished out on this piece. But you see the effect it has on the metal. A lot of jewelers find after time and after
you getting a little more involved with jewelry making that you want to have a nice flex shaft
that you can control, the speed of. It becomes really important to have that high
polish professional look on your jewelry.

7 Replies to “How to Use Flex Shaft Tools | Jewelry Making”

  1. looking for more how to on the flex shaft and using the different burs and discs. But really disliked the music in the background. Turn it down or off preferably.

  2. I really wanted to watch youre video but the music made me crazy so I turned it off, that was sad because I really think you know what you are doing and would have like to watch….. I would skip the music or turn it down about 89%

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