How to Dap Metal for Jewelry

How to Dap Metal for Jewelry

Go to for all of your beading supplies needs! Today we’re going to learn how to dap using
both the steel dapping block and a wooden dapping block. You can dap brass or copper
based metals. As you see I have copper blanks, sterling silver blanks, antique silver
filigree, colored filigree and Vintaj filigree. When you first started dap you are going to want to use a
wooden dapping block. This way you mar any of the pieces that you’re about to dap.
Once you get really good at dapping then you can go to a steel block. Whenever you dap with your
wooden dapping block, you’re gonna want to use a rubber mallet or plastic mallet uh… so it won’t mar the wood on the top. When
I stamp filigree pieces I will use the wooded dapping block so it won’t mar my pieces. You want to keep moving the dapping tool around so that you can get all of the sides. As you can see I’ve stamped this silver blank with a couple of different decorative steel stamps and the letter ‘A’, with a little crown. and I’m going to dap this. You always want to place the decorative stamping
face down in your dapping block. When you’re finished dapping the stamped
blank you want to use liver of sulfur to the
patina so that it fills in all of the decorative stampings. I have my dapping block on top of my four-by-four rubber
block. I use my four-by-four rubber block just so that it will keep it from sliding around and it will help with the noise reduction
slightly. You always want use a smaller dapping tool than what your dapping
hole is. Otherwise if you tried to have to hammer
right now this would mar your tool and it would ruin it. So you always want to use a smaller
one. I’m going to dap this small copper blank. Try to keep the blank as centered in the hole as you can. Okay I’m using a
one-pound brass hammer. So you can center your dapping tool right on
top. You wanna swivel your dapping tool
around. So you get a nice curve on the way around. I hope this video has been helpful. Enjoy using your new dapping set.
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  1. Yes, you can dap large pieces as well as small. Two factors that you will want to take into consideration are: the gauge of the metal (the thicker it is, the harder it will be to dap) and just make sure that your piece will fit inside the dapping holes of your block.

  2. Do you have any videos dapping larger pieces of metals? I'm new to all of this, and although I have an idea of what I'm going for, I have no idea of how to acheive it:)

  3. I don't have a video showing how to dap larger pieces of metal but it would be the exact same technique as shown in this video. We have a rather large dapping block and you might want to consider this if you are wanting to do larger pieces: 4 Hole Wooden Dapping Shaping Block With Assorted Sizes for Metal. The link for it is located in the video description underneath the video. Are you wanting to dap pieces of metal even larger then this?

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