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188 - Patterned Butterfly Impression Die


188 - Gemina Patterned Butterfly Shot PlateClick the image to enlarge
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188 - Patterned Butterfly Impression Die


This steel impression die produces a patterned butterfly in silver, gold, pewter or copper. At approximately 8mm, this design is suited to charms, small pendants and ring bezels. This butterfly die is best suited for use in a hydraulic press but can be used with a hammer and punch too.

Take a look at a few of our other animals and insects designs.

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Product description

  • Specification

    The patterned butterfly design measures approximately:
    Width: 8mm
    Height: 8mm
    Depth: 0.8mm

    This shot plate is manufactured from mild steel and measures approximately 20mm thick and 40mm in diameter. Made in England, UK.

  • Instructions

    Can I use this tool with a hammer and a punch?

    Yes - When using a hammer and punch, it's crucial to work over a solid and rigid surface such as a stump, anvil or a concrete floor. Without a solid surface, no amount of hammering will produce good results! The size of your hammer plays a big part too - a 4lb lump hammer is ideal. Always use a punch when hammering your metal. Be careful to avoid striking the hammer directly on the die or shot plate.

    Can I use this tool with a hydraulic press?

    Yes, all Gemina impression dies and shot plates can be used in a press. Ensure your metal is annealed regularly before you begin. Intermediate annealing may be required to achieve a full impression.

    How much silver do I use with this design?

    You can use approximately 1.5g of silver to achieve a solid impression.

    What shape of silver can I use?

    Round shot:

    Melt your metal into round shot. For best results, clean or pickle your metal before placing into the die. Use a hammer and punch (or press) to force the silver into the die. If hammering, anneal your metal after every 3 or 4 heavy blows.

    Small flat ingot:

    Forge your metal into a shape that covers most of the design. Press (or hammer) the metal into the die until you have an outline of the design. Trim, anneal and repeat until you have a full depth impression.

    Flat sheet:

    Cut sheet to size so that it covers the design. Press (or hammer) until you have an outline of the design. Trim, anneal and repeat until you have a full depth impression. Remember to use sheet that is thicker than the impression depth of the die. Alternatively, you can use thinner sheet with urethane (or a soft metal pusher) to create a hollow impression.

    Removing your impression from the die

    Occasionally, some dies can 'hold on' to your metal. This is more common when using a press compared to hammering. Ensure the dies are clean before use. If you wish, you can apply a very small amount of oil into the die before forming as this can help removal. Excess metal will create a flange around the design that will aid in removal after hammering or pressing. Carefully use a thin bladed knife under the excess metal to lift the impression out of the die.

    Some additional information can be found here shot plate and impression die tips.

  • Additional Information

    Take a look at our other animals and insects shot plates and impression dies.

    If you have a solid and rigid work surface, you could use our Punch (Force) tool with a 2-4lb lump hammer.If you need a pusher for your press, you can buy a flat or tapered pusher from our range of press tools.
    If you need a spacer for your press, you can buy one here.
    Gemina Punch (Force) ToolGemina Press PushersGemina Press Pushers
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