Best advice I can give you is to get a copy of “The Treatises of
Benvenuto Cellini on Goldsmithing and Sculpture.” There you will
find in Chapter XIV - "How to Make Steel Dies For Stamping Coins."
Old stuff but still applies today … plus there’s all the
historical romance in doing it like it was done in the past.
If you have any questions afterwards I’ll be happy to answer them on
the forum or off.
With modern day steels, and using flexshaft rotary tools, hammer and
chisel, hand push gravers, perhaps a few die sinkers files – you
should be able to do as well as the old master in a very short time.
Your most expensive tool would be the flexshaft – at around $200,
the rest might cost you a little over a hundred dollars. Depends on
what kind of a shopper you are. I found a great Foredom (H model -
the biggest one made) flexshaft at the flea market for $40 a couple
You will wear out long before good tools will…
I also highly recommend the Autobiography of Benvento Cellini. I
just reread both books for about the 4th or 5th time in 35 years
Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
2207 Lucile Ave.
Stockton, CA 95209