Mark Nelson

Getting Started With the Flex Shaft

Mark Nelson
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Meet Rio Grande educator Mark Nelson and learn more about the many uses of the flex shaft. Mark breaks down the flex shaft's components, shares maintenance tips and introduces a variety of accessories that make the flex shaft a versatile and efficient tool for jewelry making.
Mark discusses the many types of drill bits available and shows how to drill through metal by hand or with a flex shaft drill press. Along the way, he discusses safety considerations. You'll also see how to use core drills to puncture materials such as stone, glass or seashells.
Mark explains how to protect your hands as you're cutting, then demonstrates how to use burs to grind away metal. You'll see how to use separating discs, grinding wheels, sanding discs and drums, and split mandrels. Mark will also you walk you through his preferred wheels to use at each stage of polishing.
Use the flex shaft to make your own tools! Mark shows you how to convert items such as old or damaged mandrels and burs into tools to suit your own needs, then demonstrates how to create a custom stamp from a masonry nail. You'll be amazed at how many uses you can find for the flex shaft!
4 Lessons
1  hrs 15  mins

Gain the confidence to wield your flex shaft with finesse and open the door to unlimited fabrication possibilities! Experienced Rio Grande instructor Mark Nelson shows you how to make the most of this tool with his fun and easy-to-follow teaching style. Discover tricks for setting up and maintaining your flex shaft, and which attachments Mark recommends for different jobs. Follow along as Mark demonstrates various cutting, polishing and drilling projects — even with shells and glass! You’ll also find out how to use your flex shaft to revive old and damaged tools, and how to create custom stamps. Along the way, discover trade secrets that will help you create your best work yet.

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson, Rio Grande Event and Education Coordinator, received a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University. He has been teaching jewelry making for more than 20 years, and appeared numerous times on the PBS show Beads, Baubles and Jewels. In addition to teaching with Craftsy, he is an instructor for Rio Grande and a former member of their technical support team.

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One Response to “Getting Started With the Flex Shaft”

  1. nsjewlz820589853

    for a beginner in metalsmithing, which is the best shaft power motor?

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