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231 - L&R Curly Tail Seahorse Impression Die

231R - Curly Tail Seahorse (Right-Facing) Impression DieClick the image to enlarge

231 - L&R Curly Tail Seahorse Impression Die

This seahorse impression die can be used with silver, gold,copper or pewter. The deeply textured body and curly tail give this seahorse a distinctive character. At 14mm tall, it's a good size for drop earrings or a small pendant.

Use the drop down menu to choose a left or right facing design. Select the direction in which you would like your impression to face. This shot plate can be used either with a hammer and punch or hydraulic press. You may like our other sea creature impressions.

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Product description

  • Specification

    The curly tail seahorse impression die design measures approximately:
    Width: 4.6mm
    Height: 14mm
    Depth: 1mm

    This impression die 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?

    No - This design is intended to be used in a hydraulic press.

    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 1.2g of silver to achieve a solid impression.

    What shape of silver can I use?

    Flattened wire:

    For long or narrow shapes, you can use thick wire cut to length and flattened enough to cover most of the design. Remember to anneal your metal regularly.

    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.

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

  • Additional Information

    Take a look at our other beaches and oceans shot plates and impression dies.

    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 Press PushersGemina Press Pushers
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    For more delivery information, please see our delivery policy.

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