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NEW Supercoup NR1 Sheet Metal Nibbler Cutting Shears Eastwood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002T4QDJW/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_U2QItb05R5WD21AC

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Inexpensive Soft Metal Bending Tool

DIY metal brake - Im thinking you could modify it for tighter bends, too, by making the top part narrower so it fits between the wingnuts on the bottom piece if you fold it all the way over.

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Simple Sheet Metal Brake: No Welding

I love working with metal, but I've always struggled to get perfect 90° bends. Generally, I'll stick the piece to be bent in the vise and smack it around until it's bent. Since it almost always bends crooked, I end up rebending - and generally just making a mess of it.For my next project I was going to need to bend some cardboard, which inspired me to first tackle a bending brake. Since I knew I would end up bending things much harder than cardboard in the future, I designed the brake to...

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This bench-top box/pan brake can bend sheet metal into various shapes. It mounts to a workbench. It can accept up to four foot wide stock and bend 135 degrees. With the various width teeth, they can be adjusted to fit the width of the bend needed within minutes with one wrench. The clamping thickness can be adjusted from 0 to about 0.25 inches, but I would be extremely lucky to bend something that thick. The throat can open to over four inches. This brake was built from scrap I received…

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GREAT Site with all kinds of info on metalworking! More information on Embossing & Tooling Copper Foil, Brass Foil & Aluminum Foil A basic how-to for artists and crafters by The Whimsie Studio craftsmen

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Here's another handy guide from Beaducation. It's a great resource that explains metal gauges. It will help you pick the perfect gauge blank for your hand stamped jewelry.

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