Making Chasing and Repousse´ Tools

In this two part series Nancy shows you how to make Chasing and Repoussé tools. Why buy them, when you can custom make your own? This video is full of tips and techniques for anyone interested in learning how to make these tools or how to work with steel. Nancy shows you how to anneal, shape, harden, temper and finish steel chasing and repousse´ tools.

Please see my web page:  Making Chasing and Repousse´ Tools for more detailed information.  Also, I have a three part video on Chasing and Repousse´  that you might be interested in:  Beginning Chasing and Repousse´.



Chasing and Repousse´

I incorrectly called Nancy Megan Corwin, “Megan Corwin” in the video (is anyone surprised?). I would like to apologize to her and her fans!  Sorry.  Click to view her book: Chasing and Repousse´- Methods Ancient and Modern.

Please see my companion web page on Basic Chasing and Repousse´.

You might also be interested in how to make your own tools.  Please see my two videos on:  Making Chasing and Repousse´Tools.  Also, the companion web page:  Making Chasing and Repousse´Tools for more detailed information.

Sorry about the blurry parts.  We are having a bit of trouble with our camera and are (hopefully) going to resolve that issue asap.

How to Finish Jewelry

See my companion web page: Finishing Jewelry for more information and 5,000,000 links (well, not that many but… a lot).

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about finishing jewelry! Really, everything! Nancy shows you how to (safely) Polish, Buff, and Finish your Jewelry with a Buffing Motor (aka Polishing Motor or Bench Buffer) and a Flex Shaft. She discusses different types of compounds including Rouge and Tripoli, and different types of buffs including Muslin, Flannel, and Felt. You will also learn how to fluff your buff!

Nancy also shows you how to polish with a Flex Shaft and discusses Heatless Wheels, Satin Finish Wheels, Grinding Stones, Polishing Pins, Rubberized Abrasive Wheels, Sanding Drums, Micro Polishing Bands, Sanding Discs and more.

This video topic tied for second place in our “Contest with No Prizes”. Thank you so much to my viewers who voted and gave me feedback!

How to Make a Domed Ring

Published on Aug 25, 2012

Nancy shows you how to make a simple domed ring. If your husband is too cheap to buy you a ring you can make your own! Part one of a two part series.

Note from Nancy: Here is the link to the Ring Blank Sizing Chart: and another link, this one to my page about Pripp’s Flux: That hammer, I couldn’t recall the material of, is a Urethane hammer by Bonny Doon. Here’s the link at Rio Grande Jewelry:

Link to Dapping set at Harbor Freight: $39.99 as of 10/12

Okay, I’ve got, yet again, another note: In the beginning of the video I say add a 1/4 ring size for comfort – if you were making a non-domed ring, add 1/8 size for comfort. I added 1/4 size because it was tight and I also knew that when I domed the ring it would shrink.
Once again, I apologize for my inability to recall the names of tools, objects and people and for not using a script or a teleprompter!

One more link: I was looking at the Bonny Doon Vertical Vise (…) and thinking how much I could use it but, I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend 250.00 plus tax and shipping. I found this thing called a pipe vise or bench yoke vise and thought it would probably do fine for holding ring mandrels and bezel mandrels. So, I ordered one. I’ll check it out and let you all know. Here’s a link to one of the more inexpensive ones: I purchased this one: at 156.00. There are other, less (and more) expensive ones. This Shop-Tek one is only 29.99: The Bonny Doon vise is beautiful and is great with the tools that they have designed for it. I was just looking for a new mandrel holder and thought I’d take a chance. Who knows, might be a return in my future.

How to Make Flat, Square Edges on Sheet Metal

In this video, Nancy LT Hamilton shows you how to achieve flat, square edges on sheet metal using either sandpaper, files, the guillotine shear, the Wolf Belt Sander or the miter-cutting vise/jig. Included in the video are specific instruction on how to use the miter-cutting vise (available here:, as well as instruction on the use of the triangle and the drafting compass. Nancy will also show you how a block of wood and a couple of files can help you obtain 90° angles.