I’m one of those people that have a hard time just making a “practice piece” when trying to dial in a process. Recently I needed to verify some methodology in color case hardening, in preparation for a commission. Rather than just lob off some 1018 bar stock, polish it up and heat treat it, I grabbed one of my sketchbooks and pulled a pattern for a Thor’s hammer pendant out of it. I then proceeded to make a couple of them out of 1018. These were used as practice pieces. Here are the results:
Without the copper rings they are just under 1 inch tall by just under .75 inch wide. I do really love the look of color case hardening, and these turned out quite nice.
On another note, A few months back I starting taking a historical fencing class. One of the folks at the school asked me if I could make a copy of a guard that was on one of the fencing weapons. The guard consisted of a cross 2 finger loops and a knuckle bow. Having wanted to make such a guard for a while, I was quite happy to take on the challenge. In the end this is what I wound up creating:
It started as a bar .25 inches thick .75 inches wide and about 13 inches long. After lots of cutting twisting bending and filing, it was completed. It is all one piece, no welds. I could have probably saved myself some time had I forged the arms round, but the forge was designed for knives and it wouldn’t have fit very well.
Both project were very satisfying and I am quite pleased with the results.
I’m still working on the backlog of photos I need to process in Lightroom and post, so if all goes well in the next few days I should have more pictures up.