It Ain’t Just A Drill HANDS-ON: Getting the Most Out Of Your Flex Shaft

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Date: June 14-15, 2021 (Summer, 2 day; also available ONLINE)
Medium: Tool Technique
Instructor: Andy Cooperman (email)
Skill Level: All

Special opportunity for this class! We are making a maximum of 10 “seats” available as on-line virtual participants.

The online participants will be able to view and participate in all live demos and receive limited feedback from Andy regarding personal projects.

This option is non-credit only and is available for the special tuition of $190. Online participants are eligible for .6 CEU’s if requested.

So, you're a jeweler or metalsmith about to be stranded on a desert island (for some inexplicable reason this island has, along with coconuts, electricity). You can bring only one tool. What tool do you bring?

If you were Andy Cooperman you’d most likely bring your Flexible Shaft Machine. Maybe the most versatile tool at the bench this champion of rotary tools is, for many, underutilized and poorly understood.

Here’s your chance to gain a deeper understanding of this marvelous tool and expand your vocabulary of flexible shaft techniques and applications. This two-day version of the demo-only workshop will cover the basic machine itself—from the motor, down the shaft to the speed control and handpiece—and will discuss and demonstrate the use of burrs, bits, grinding, shaping, finishing and polishing aids: the stuff they didn’t teach you in school.

At this time, It Ain't Just a Drill has reached the enrollment limit.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

I am excited to offer this 2-day, expanded, hands-on version of my one-day demo-only Flex Shaft class. We’ll be making a series of “samples” that will give you some real-time feel for some of these tools. I put the word sample in quotes because the actual sample will be the experience, rather than a finished object. From early user to advanced, there is always something to learn about the Flex Shaft Machine.
Andy Cooperman. 206-781-0648

Bring what you can, please DON’T FREAK OUT if you are missing anything…

∙Although we will have plenty of Flex Shafts on hand, feel free to bring your own if you are curious about something particular to your machine.
∙This is a great opportunity for students to bring any attachments or “extensions” (my term) that they are in some way mystified or confounded by or are unsure of how to use. These might be:
-bits -burs -grinders
-sanders, polishers, wheels, etc.
-hand pieces, foot pedals, etc.
∙couple of drill bits--1mm or .8mm #58 or 67--sz. not critical.
∙Mandrels: 3/32” shank is best:
-SCREW Mandrels 2 or 3 nothing fancy, something like RIO #333.108
-I will supply one screw mandrel/ student. But order a couple more if you like.
-SPLIT Mandrel-tapered or straight like RIO #333.130 or #333.132
-I will supply one screw mandrel/ student. But order a couple more if you like.
∙TAPERED punch a like centerpunch (round x section)
∙1/2” coil of UNCUT jumprings, 18-22ga any metal.
∙Lubricant for drills, etc. like Bur-life/Bur-lube/bee’s wax
∙Round- nose pliers (non-serated)
∙Curved or straight burnisher
∙Sharpie pen : fine or medium
∙flat or ½ round file
∙Small flat blade (standard) screw driver.
∙Any item, project or sample that they are having trouble with that they feel the flex shaft might help with.
∙Safety glasses.
∙Dust mask.
∙Also, please prepare a simple “T” seam from copper or brass sheet, any thickness that you have from 22-18ga. The base could be say 1” x 3” and the perpendicular element could be a strip of maybe ½” X the length of the bottom. Please don’t clean it up! Pickle is fine. And do NOT worry about how good the seam is…!
∙∙∙There will also be a supply fee of $30.00

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that.

Andy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Andy teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the Eastern Carolina University Materials Topics Symposium.