Online class with Mark Nelson

Getting Started With the Flex Shaft

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

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Mark Nelson, Rio Grande Event and Education Coordinator, received a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University. He has been teaching ...Read more

Lessons (4)

Meet the Flex Shaft
1. Meet the Flex Shaft
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 mainte...Read more
23min
Drilling
2. Drilling
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...Read more
17min
Cutting, Sanding & Polishing
3. Cutting, Sanding & Polishing
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 dis...Read more
26min
Making Your Own Tools
4. Making Your Own Tools
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 ne...Read more
9min

Taught by

Mark Nelson, Rio Grande Event and Education Coordinator, received a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University. He has been teaching ...Read more