How to Use the Square Wooden Dapping Block

SKU VID-0866
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Any Level
In this video see how to use the square wooden dapping block to create domed round blanks. The block comes with two punches and can be used for a variety of purposes with assorted sizes of metal blanks and objects (don't forget you can dap filigree too!).
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with indent and then it also comes with these two punches one is more rounded and then one is a little bit more not pointed that's just not quite as round so i would use this one to get out dings in metal if you want to do a little bit of retouching and then this one to really smooth out the metal and create a nice rounded shape so if you're using a dabbing block such as this i would recommend a rubber mallet because you're going to be hitting wood on wood so you really don't want a metal mallet of any type and then i've got some little copper blanks here and i'm going to show you how to dab them and have already done one so you can see it's got this really nice curve to it now compared to the other one that's very flat so this is not hard to do and I'm going to show you right now how to do it so I'm gonna take this one I'm gonna put it in one of the smaller holes you see that we've got different sized holes here so I'm gonna put it in this one and I'm going to take the rounded punch I'm gonna put it right on top of the blank and I'm gonna take now my mallet and Hammer it now what I'm gonna do before I start hammering cos gonna create a lot of noise here you'll see me moving my punch around the blank and that's gonna give me a really nice even curve all the way around so you see by the reflection of the light that's starting to curve I'm just going in a clockwise motion here we're starting to get a curve and we can keep doing it to get a little bit more of a curve and I'm not using a lot of pressure here I'm not just hammering away I'm doing nice even taps you know they're not light but they're definitely not heavy I'm not pounding away here so I am happy with that you see we've got a nice rounded shape to it now see the other example as well so I could this one's a little bit more rounded I could keep going or you can just do a light rounding and then let's compare it to a flat one so here's what it started out like then here we're starting to get some bit of rounding to it and then here we got a little bit more so it is a nice soft curvature that we were able to achieve if you used a bigger blank you would be able to get a little bit more of a dramatic curve to it but this is really easy to do something that doesn't take a lot of effort but can create a nice interesting element to your jewelry designs you

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