Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft by Karen Christians
Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft is the one resource you need to ensure that you gain maximum advantage from your flex-shaft system. Learn how to select the right system, how to choose and use the latest accessories and attachments, and how to properly maintain your system for extended life. See why so many jewelers are reading this book and discovering what they didn't know about their flex-shaft systems!
Published by MJSA Press in collaboration with The Ganoksin Project including technical editing by Charles Lewton-Brain.
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Reviewer: Monique D. Miller (Jacksonville, Fl United States)
This book is good to great to under stand the parts an assorssery for my flex shaft.
Wow, so many more uses for my flexshaft that I didn't realize. Easy to read. Well done.
Reviewer: B. Botvin (Catonsville, MD United States) by way o
Expensive, But Worthwhile
I consider this book rather expensive for the slim little volume that it is. However, it is one of VERY few books available that can help demystify the many different cutting, drilling, grinding, polishing, etc. bits available for the Foredom Flexshaft. The only alternative I've found for aquiring similar knowledge is a $100 hands-on workshop offered at a jewelry supplies shop in our area. So by comparison this book (at about $35) has proved to be a good investment for me.
Reviewer: Belinda J. Walker "hooked" (Perth, Australia) by w
It's useful, to be sure, but, to be honest, I was expecting to find more tips I did not already know about making the most of my flex shaft. However, information about flexshaft maintenance and other information about various abrasives is more than a little useful to have on hand and easy to find. Karen cannot be faulted for the clarity of her layout and writing; it is so easy to follow and certainly I recommend it to anyone who is not familiar with a flexshaft.
Reviewer: Reading It All "Reading It All - Robyn" (Orange Co
Don't Wait - Buy This Book
I have been using a Foredom for years...I finally know how...thanks to Karen Christians! I can't wait to see an updated edition with all the new 3m products.
Reviewer: Susan Loubser (Pretoria, South Africa) by way of A
This book is excellent! It shows exactly which head is used for which purpose, and it explains everything in detail. A great book, and I am very grateful that I bought it.
Reviewer: Nina Piccirilli (Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA) by way of
A long overdue book.
For those of you who write that the information in this book is included with your Flex Shaft instructions I say you are crazy. 30 minutes ago I opened the box of my new Flex Shaft (SR) with 84 tools and found the information to use all those tools on 1 and 1/2 pages of a small pamphlet. This is an example of a description: "Unique V stones have extra hard and long lasting vitrified aluminum oxide and ceramic grain with a special glass bead binder that make them extremely long lasting, cool running and very aggressive - 40 to 60 grit. They work on the same materials as CeramicCut Blue Stones, but much more aggressively."
I have no idea how that is going to help me to know when and on what material I should use that tool. There are not even pictures for me to know which name matches what tool. Thank goodness Karen Christians has written a book long overdue.
Reviewer: Jokat (london UK) by way of Amazon.com
A very good reference
This book is an excellent reference for jewellers or beginning jewellers to have in thier arsenal. It is not project based but it does have all you want to know about making the most of a flex shaft. It helps one to understand whats best for ones own needs. It gives advise on purchasing a flex shaft for those of us who might not know what HP and shafts are all about. It fills you in on all of this sort of terminology and gives excellent lessons of many diffrent kinds of attachments and handpieces.
If your a person who likes to have lots of pictures of jewellery and projects then you might be disapointed by this books textbook format - HOWEVER, I would still suggest you buy it because it will enable you to actually make the sort of jewellery we all moon over!! Or at least start us on our way. Its like being able to take a class on the use of flexshafts.
Whilst starting out I was always aware that this tool could really really help me in my excertions making jewellery - but I was uncertain as to how best to use it. I knew it was very useable but lacked the knowledge to actually let it be my "right hand" at the bench. This book helped me to understand and put to use my flex shaft so that it no longer gathered dust as I opted to just do it manually.
I'm very grateful that this book was put together, very very useful.
Seeing as flexshafts can be used for so much, its useful to know exactly what that "so much" is.... Drilling, sanding, buffing, polishing, enlarging holes, texturing, cutting, engraving and SOOO much more.
(Please forgive this review if it doesn't read very well!! I seem to be having a difficult day stringing a sentance together!! But at amazons request, here are my thoughts..)
Reviewer: Loopy "khmetalwork.com" by way of Amazon
I've been taking metalsmithing classes for a couple of years and for most of that time I've been nagging my instructor for a primer on the flex shaft and all those wheels
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