Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft
This workshop is an opportunity to demystify the flex-shaft motor, associated accessories and proper maintenance. Students who attend this workshop and reference Karen’s book of the same name will be able to thumb through supply catalogs armed with the knowledge necessary to make the right choices for the work they are creating.
Learn all about your flexible-shaft and the magic it can perform for your work. Learn which flex-shaft to purchase, how to maintain it for optimum efficiency, and which handpiece is right for a particular job. We will drill beach glass, score and bend metal, and learn about the correct ways to polish. We will look at different burs, when to use them and for what applications. Students are encouraged to bring in any work in progress for a one-on-one consultation about flex-shaft solutions.
Day 1: Overview of motor options, foot pedals, hand pieces. Demonstrations will be given with stone setting burs, specialty burs and diamond bits for drilling stones and glass. At the conclusion of each demonstration, students will have the opportunity to try out the techniques they have learned.
Day 2: Overview of the micro-motor, reciprocating and quick-change handpieces. Demonstrations will be given on abrasives, polishing options, finishing techniques and bench tricks to enhance work.
On both days students will be given ample time to experiment with accessories and find the ones that work best for them.
Student can purchase a materials kit for $75. The companion book, “Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft” is also sold separately.
Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler St., Somerville, MA
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