It Ain’t Just A Drill HANDS-ON: Getting the Most Out Of Your Flex Shaft Mar 6 & 7

  • $350.00
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It Ain’t Just A Drill HANDS-ON: Getting the Most Out Of Your Flex Shaft
Instructor: Andy Cooperman
March 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 - 3:00
Class Fee: $350 | $30 Materials Kit Fee

Prerequisite: All levels

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.


It Ain’t Just A Drill HANDS-ON is a mix of demonstration and real-time experience, so expect to get your hands dirty exploring some of the techniques and tools addressed --and some eye-opening innovative tricks as well.


Please note: This is a sample-style class. While students will try many of the tools and techniques discussed, we will not be making a complete project.

About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman is a metalsmith, writer, and teacher who lives in Seattle, WA. His work is featured in galleries nationwide, including Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, deNovo in Palo Alto and Velvet daVinci Gallery in San Fransisico. He is a past recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, and teaches seminars and workshops around the country, most recently as a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington. In addition to one of a kind jewelry pieces, Andy also works with clients as a custom jeweler and commission metalsmith. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College, Pella Iowa and appeared most recently in the exhibitions The Art Of Gold, Metalisms, Chess and The Ring Show.

Publications include the books Art Jewelry Today, 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Craft Of Silversmithing, The Penland Book of Jewelry and Fundamentals of Metalsmithing.

You can learn more about Andy at andycooperman.com or coopermanjewelry.com.


Students MUST Bring:

  • SPLIT Mandrel-tapered or straight. Available HERE
  • Couple drill bits--1mm or .8mm #58 or 67—size is not critical. Available HERE
  • Lubricant for drills, etc. like Bur-life/Bur-lube/bee’s wax. Available HERE
  • Sharpie pen : fine or medium. Available HERE 
  • Round-nose pliers, non-serrated. Available HERE (or available in the studio to use)
  • Flat or ½ round file. Available HERE (or available in the studio to use)
  • Small flat blade (standard) screw driver.
  • Dust mask.
  • About 1/2” coil of UNCUT jumprings, 18-22ga any metal.

Students MAY Bring:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Any item, project or sample that they are having trouble with that they feel the flexshaft might help with.
  • Safety glasses (available in the studio to use)
  • TAPERED punch a like center punch - round x section. (available in the studio to use)
  • Magnifiers. Available HERE (or available in the studio to use)

Material KITS Include: A treasure trove bits and pieces including select mandrels, prepared parts and other surprises.


Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us, dana@danacadesign.com.

Review our class cancellation policy HERE.

All students must fill out and electronically submit the COVID-19 Protocol and Studio Waiver form before attending class.