Free Metalsmithing Video Tutorial from Jewelry Making Daily

Metalsmithing Techniques for Metal Jewelry Making: Watch Basic Mandrel Use, Dapping, and Doming
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Jan. 25, 2011 - PRLog -- Loveland, Colo.: Jewelry Making Daily introduces its first free video tutorial on metalsmithing.  Expert metalsmith Helen Driggs demonstrates basic metalworking techniques and describes traditional metal jewelry supplies. This video tutorial is not just for an accomplished goldsmith, but for all goldsmithing skill levels. Helen’s free metalsmithing video tutorial is very practical and easy to follow. She shares personal tips on which metalworking tools are necessary and which are not, and detailed instructions on doming, dapping, bending metal, and forming metal with a mandrel.

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In this informative free metalsmithing instructional video, Jewelry Making Daily goldsmith Helen Driggs demonstrates working with some of the most basic jewelry making tools used in shaping metal into rings, bracelets, neckpieces and more. Metalsmiths can see how to form metal around a mandrel, how to use dapping punches with dapping blocks to create domed or hemispheric forms, and how to use those techniques to master the art of making metal jewelry. Everyone has the chance to watch Helen, as she shows metalsmiths how to work more efficiently by demonstrating proper placement of metalworking tools and metal. She describes how the right punch or hammer strikes feel as they move metal sheet. She also explains what work hardening is, how to use it to the utmost advantage, and how to tell when metal has become overly work hardened.

Free Metalsmithing Video Tutorial – Part 1
Using a Mandrel to Move Metal

In the first section of this free metalsmithing video tutorial, Helen shows you how to move metal with a mandrel. A mandrel can be anything, any object- wood or metal- that can be pushed against metal: steel rod, transfer punch, hammer handle, knitting needles, or even pens. Helen explains how to efficiently bend metal, creating rings without specialized expensive metal forming tools. It is best to start with the easiest use of a mandrel, something every jewelry maker will want to do: make some jump rings with wire. Helen explains in great detail each step of this process and demonstrates as she explains.

Free Metalsmithing Video Tutorial – Part 2
Using a Dapping Block for Doming

In this section metalsmiths will learn to dome a flat metal disc with a dapping block and dapping punches. Doming metal adds dimension, depth and strength to beads and jewelry designs. Helen goes through the entire doming process, from what to look for when buying a dapping set to how to finalize a piece. Everyone has a chance to be successful with using a dapping block for doming. It’s as easy as following Helen’s step by step instructions and listening to her expert tips.

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