Crisp Line Metal

I have been to 12 countries and have worked with a variety of craftsmen in the USA, Nepal, and Japan. He has taken 1000's of photos and many hours of video. Occasionally, he likes to post these videos after careful editing.  

Babu Kaji, Nepal 2012, beading without a bead roller. This represents the very old method by which the Nepalese traditionally did embossing (and still do).

Video By: Crisp Line Metal

Adam Mason Prince

Music By: Dreams From Gin (My brother's band)

Beading Without a Bead Roller

(There are many ways to produce a bead)

(Bead may also be called a joggle or in this case embossing)


This video was taken in Nepal 2012 with the sheet metal worker Babu Kaji Tamrakar. I spent 2 weeks training and exchanging ideas with him. When I left he refused any compensation I offered him. So I sent him some USA made carbide burrs, which are unavailable there. I never forget a person's generosity.


This video shows how beading and embossing effects can be produced cheaply without a bead roller or having to make dies. I have used similar ideas as shown in the video with heavier hammers to produce beads in 20 gauge steel panels used in restoration.


For straight lines beads, it's best to hammer over a straight flat surface. For round beads such as in the video a round tool post is better.  Notice Babu is hammering flat (parallel with the tool post) and square (not rocking side to side) and holding the sheet at about 60 degrees angle from parallel with the ground. Additionally, he's bracing his finger against the tool post to help guide the piece. Babu is holding the hammer near the head with his index finger to guide it. Babu is hitting at a point on the tool post "beyond" the 60 degree sheet. It's not easy and will take a lots of practice.

  The hammer has a square face. I measured the radius on the hammer as 1.125" in the direction running parallel with the handle and 1.875" running perpendicular. The edges of the square face also has radius to help prevent digging. The head is curved leading up to the square face. A round headed hammer can be used, except the bottom of the bead will tend not to be not as sharp and well defined.

    If the hammer handle is modified to an octagon shape (with the sides of the octagon being the longest) it is much easier to guide the hammer. More information on this type of handle is shown on Fay Butler's website:

Testing oxygen sensor 1999 Ford Escort code: P1131

Video by: Crisp Line Metal Forming

Captions are available!


Showing one way I learn how to do things. There are 3 main pillars to learning. Experience, Exchange, and Science. When using the carburetor cleaner to check the response of the oxygen sensor be sure to stick the straw in far enough into the air filter to not get any on the Mass Airflow Sensor. The problem ended up being an old fuel filter.

toolpost pickuprib

Example of a rib I hand hammered for the bed of a pickup truck from 20 gauge steel. I used the basic technique shown in the video and described above.


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