Online Class

Getting Started With the Flex Shaft

Free!

Master the most versatile tool in your shop: the flex shaft! Learn the basics — and beyond — of this jewelry-making essential.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 4 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Mark Nelson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet the Flex Shaft
23:00
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.
2. Drilling
17:07
3. Cutting, Sanding & Polishing
26:03
4. Making Your Own Tools
08:31

Taught by

Mark  Nelson
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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