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Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft CoverMaking the Most of Your Flex-shaft

by Karen Christians

Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft is the one resource you’ll need to ensure 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’tknow about their flex-shaft systems! Volume One in the "Orchid in Print: Maximum Bench Work" Series. Published in collaboration with The Ganoksin Project.

• More than 100 full-color photographs
• Numerous tables and charts to easily compare systems and accessories.
• Innovative tricks from MJSA Journal and Ganoksin’s Orchid discussion group.

Price: $34.95. MJSA member price: $29.50.

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Inside the Book

An Introduction to the Flex-shaft System

Choosing the Proper Motor & Power Control

Choosing the Proper Handpiece

Choosing the Proper Bur or Drill Bit

Choosing a Mandrel

Abrasives & Grinding Wheels

Brushes, Buffs, & Polishing Compounds

Attachments for Your Flex-shaft

Maintenance & Safety Procedures

Beyond the Basics: Flex-shaft Tips


About the Author

Karen Christians

Karen Christians is the founder and creative director of Cleverwerx, a Waltham, Massachusetts–based business that provides personal instruction and also designs and sells high quality jewelry tools, equipment, kits, and books for metalsmiths of all levels. Previously she founded Metalwerx, a non-profit jewelry school in Waltham. Karen has written numerous articles for major trade magazines, lectured at industry events, taught workshops, and created her own jewelry and art. She is a past board member of the North American Society of Goldsmiths and holds a BFA with multiple honors from the Massachusetts College of Art.


At a Glance

Publication date: 2005

ISBN 0-9713495-6-8

Softcover, perfectbound

96 pages

Full-color photographs


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MJSA members receive a 15 percent discount on all MJSA titles.