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« on: December 15, 2013 01:10:42 AM »

I've looked through here and haven't found anything yet. If there are any threads on the subject feel free to link them.

What I want to know is if you can dome just part of the metal, aka: if I had a large square and put it over one of the doming areas and started hammering, could I end up with a dome with a flat lip around the side (think like an ice cube tray) or would that just cause the excess metal that doesn't fit in the dome area to pucker?

Also, what kind of metal exactly is it that people use for metal doming, and how does one go about cutting it? It seems people have all these perfect circles and I cannot fathom how.

Thanks for any help!!


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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013 01:03:19 AM »

I have been using soft, non ferrous metals like brass and copper for stamping, and working with, and use metal shears for it, usually 18-22 gauge.  Unfortunately if you put a large piece of into a dapping block, you may pucker the one side, and may have to go back and flatten it out again.

« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013 06:36:21 AM »

There are a few ways that you can get perfect circles. One of them is to use a punch, the other is to use a hand saw. I've only ever used a handsaw.

Usually you can create a pattern on tracing paper, then glue the tracing paper pattern to the piece of metal using rubber cement. after that all you have to do is carefully saw your shapes out. People have always commented on my saw piercing that it looks like lazer cutting. If you are careful and cut well most people can't tell the difference.

If you have interior cuts that you need to make, you can use a dremel to make a hole in the area to be cut out. Basically, you leave one end of the saw blade connected to the saw jig, then feed the blade through the hole in the metal and attach the other end to the saw jig. After that you can saw out interior cut out pieces.

Metal does have a tendency to pucker when you're trying to dap a circle in a flat piece of square metal. The metal shifts around in the dapping round, so it's hard to keep your positioning consistent.

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013 11:36:26 PM »

Thanks to both of you for the info!


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