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Ancient Chinese Dremel Techniques

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The Process (continued)

Looks like a really big mess, but its all under control. I?m using the sections I can throw away to make room for the cutting blade to do its job. Notice again how I?m using the indentions pattern.

A while later?

After cutting bottom right section out?

Here is another trick that you may want to use. Look at my patterns above, in the blue it almost looks like a heart. You can cut this out with a cutting blade, the trick is to stop at the right time in the process of cutting with a new blade, so the blade will be smaller in diameter from being worn down, and you can actually fit it into the small area to cut.

Grinding Stone/Finishing Touches
The grinding stone will be used to get rid of rough edges, detail EVERYHING, and make the cutting blade ?wiggled? curves into actual perfect curves. I?d recommend starting off with something similar to this grinding stone below (better view in materials list). Use the end (fine) of the stone to get into small areas and apply pressure to work the metal into a smooth curve. Then on the bigger curves, use the part closer to the Dremel (bigger around) to grind down the curves in great detail. You should spend more time than you think you should on this part, if you want it to look awesome when it?s done. Also, experiment with different sizes and shapes of grinding stones.

Also, this is where I like to use some creativity. I made a lot of curves a tiny bit bigger, and gave a couple curves an abnormal curve, but still used detail. If you look on the nose of the dragon on the pic below, I did a lot with the bump curves on it. Look at the tongue too. On similar points, you can decide to make it a very sharp point, and use the stone to give it the shape you want. I decided to leave it kind of round, with a small, dull point on it.

Grinding into the metal in the mouth of the dragon.

Here is the other grinding stone I used; it worked a dream on very small curves, since it is a small stone. Make sure all the curves and shapes are exactly how you want them before moving on from here.

Now, take another grinding stone, tilt it as seen in the picture, and start running it along the edges of the cuts. This will de burr the edges so they will not cut you. Then run your finger along the edges slowly to see if it is still rough. If it is still jagged or rough, make a few swipes over it again to smoothen it out. Be extra careful not to slip while doing this, because the spinning factor may roll it onto the part you don?t want scratched at all.

Last, I got out my new metal cutting bit and pushed it down in the center of the nostril design I had. Oddly, it gave me no hard time, and went straight through after about 4 seconds of pressure. Then I worked it to the sides and up and down to achieve the shape I wanted. I did the same with the small hole down to the left. And then, yes, I smoothened those edges out too, these holes were the last ones I did for some odd reason.

And here is the finished product. Whatever you want to do is up to you from here. You can paint it, put some glass behind it, and light it up if you want.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this guide. Email:

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