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How to Use a Wood Dapping Block

Doming Metal with a Dapping Block
designed byArtbeads
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniqueCold Connections & Metal-Working
Time1-3 hours
Dapping is a great way to make one of-a-kind jewelry components such as beads and bead caps, but it's also an easy way to add some visual appeal to a charm or pendant.
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When working with metal, one of the most helpful tools is a die and punch. This tool comes with a six-sided die with circular indents on each surface that vary in size, as well as punch indents. The use of this tool is called dapping, which means to dome metal. There are lots of materials that can be dapped such as sheet metal, coins, bottle caps, tokens, gears and charms. Dapping is a great way to make one of-a-kind jewelry components such as beads and bead caps, but it's also an easy way to add some visual appeal to a charm or pendant. This is because a curved surface reflects more light than a flat surface, which results in a more captivating piece. A wood dapping set is ideal in jewelry making because it is gentler when curving the metal and will not scratch or mar precious metals. Here we will provide a few guidelines to follow when using the wood dapping set. Please note that safety should be your primary concern. Always wear eye protection!

Note: All stamping, texturing and holes should be completed prior to doming. Holes may need to be perfected after the dapping process. You can do this with a bead reamer, hole punch or re-drilling the hole site.

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Dapping Block with 2 Punches
Code TOOL-0014
1 $8.49
The BeadSmith 1.5-Inch Nylon Flat Mallet
Code TOOL-0073
Brand BeadSmith
1 $11.99
Bead Reamer
Code TOOL-110
Place Of Origin USA
1 $17.99
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