SKU-020222 Shot Plate from Horse Shoe Brand Tools and Hardware. This is a very unique type of shot plate. Read the following instructions and see how easy it is to use.
Let me say first that we recommend the Pepe Tools brand Disc Cutter #194.10
1- a 4 Impression Shot Plate has circular recesses around each impression, this is so you can cut a disc with a disc cutter rather than a jeweller saw so its much faster.
2- lay the soft metal disc into a recess ( you have 4 sizes to chose from ), the recess holds the proper disc in center location over impression.
3- now press using hard Urethane as shown, or damp leather of lead. Press till you have a full deep impression. Tap shot plate on the back to get pressed metal out.
4- now comes the magic that has been designed into this shot plate. Reinsert the pressed metal disc into the disc cutter, but this time, line up the actual flower center over the appropriate hole and cut it out using matching disc cutter and like magic, you have cut your flower center out clean and neatly. Sand the bottom side to solder down as a SEMI-FLAT object.
5- Or you can chose to dome the flower center. We suggest using a dapping punch, but not in the steel dapping block you are better off using a chunk of lead, leather or end grain wood so you do not damage the flower center.
There are many of us "silversmiths" who add different colored flower centers to our work but always as a smooth disc. Now we get to give our flower centers some real character. Only from Horse Shoe Brand Tools and Hardware.