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200 - Mini Teardrop Shot Plate

200 - Gemina Mini Teardrop Shot PlateClick the image to enlarge

200 - Mini Teardrop Shot Plate

The mini teardrop shot plate produces four different teardrop designs - hammered texture, smooth, pellet border and flower. These are versatile designs and work well either on their own or as accents.

This shot plate is available in two versions, mild steel and hardened tool steel. Both types can be used with a hydraulic press or hammer and punch.

Mild steel

Mild steel is suitable for general hobby use. To prevent damage to the die, properly anneal your metal regularly when using a hammer and punch or press. If you use excessive tonnage with mild steel, you will dent the die (particularly with small designs). Press slowly and check progress.

Hardened and tempered tool steel

Hardened and tempered tool steel is much tougher than mild steel and is suited to heavy, regular use. Our hardened dies are double tempered specifically for use in a press or with a hammer and punch. Please allow an extra 3-5 days for this option.

Take a look our other mini shot plates.

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Product description

  • Specification

    The mini teardrop shot plate designs measure approximately:
    Height: 5mm
    Depth: 1.0mm

    This mini shot plate is manufactured from mild steel and measures approximately 20mm thick and 50mm 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. Small designs such as these require careful, gentle pressing. There is no need to use the same amount of force as a larger design.

    Can I use this tool with the YQK-70 hydraulic crimping tool?

    Yes, this plate can be used in the YQK-70 along with our hardened anvil.

    How much silver do I use with this design?

    You can use approximately 0.4g 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.

    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.

    General instructions on how to use shot plates can be found here.

  • Additional Information

    Take a look at our other shapes and symbols 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
  • Shipping


    UK delivery is free on orders over £30. A delivery charge of £6 applies to orders under £30.


    Free International Shipping on orders over £125GBP. Orders under £125GBP have flat rate shipping charge of £10-25 (depending on country) for all items in basket. We use UPS/DPD for all international deliveries. The buyer is solely responsible for understanding and complying with the import requirements of the destination country and any duty, VAT, taxes, or clearance charges that may be applicable outside of the UK. If you need to have your parcel delivered to a PO Box. Please contact us first.

    For more delivery information, please see our delivery policy.

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