Making Buckskin Pouches and Bags – Simplified Instructions eBook

Check out Tom’s new eBook, Making Buckskin Pouches and Bags – Simplified Instructions
If, like me, you’re fascinated by hand crafts from the past, here’s how to easily make your own buckskin pouches and bags that were EDC (everyday carry) works of art from past history. All for the princely sum of $3.99 (USDollars).
Download for Amazon Kindle Here, $3.99 USD
Download for Apple Books Here,$3.99 USD

Making Buckskin Pouches – Simplified Instructions leads you step by step through creating your own rustic leather pouches. Replete with seven different patterns, detailed illustrated instructions and minimal materials and tools source list, you’ll be able to make a number of inexpensive and attractive pouches. 


81 pages of instruction, five fun and beautiful tutorials will help you quickly progress from simple no-sew pouches to larger, fully sewn bags. Once you’ve mastered these simple techniques, you’ll be ready to branch out with your own original creations!

The sky’s the limit as you apply these simple techniques to create amazing leather pouch and bag designs. Ideal for a wide range of reenacting, cosplay, crafts and jewelry uses.

Sample Pattern (Not to Scale)
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Tom’s eBook, Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions

Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions

Check out Tom’s new eBook, Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions
If, like me, you’re fascinated by the elegant and timeless over and under weavings of the ancient Celts, there’s how to create your own Celtic works of art. All for the princely sum of $3.99 (USDollars) Available for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, and Angus & Robertson ($5.99 at Angus and Robertson) Please note: Apple iPad/iPhone and Mac users should download here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/celtic-line-drawing-simplified-instructions/id1453924361

Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions leads you step by step into the fascinating world of creating Celtic knots. Replete with sample drawings, templates and illustrated instructions, this simple but powerful and flexible approach will have you creating intricate plaitwork designs on paper in just minutes.

231 pages of instruction, eight fun and beautiful tutorials will help you quickly progress from elegant plaitwork to more spectacular designs that utilize Cutwork, Circles, Spirals and your own original creations!

The sky’s the limit as you apply these simple principles to create amazing designs. Ideal for fine art, coloring books, mandalas, crafts, scrapbooking, journaling, woodburning, leather tooling or just amusing yourself with a pen and paper while waiting at the doctor’s office.

Author’s Note – This book is best viewed on electronic devices that support color. Many of the images and instruction figures and drawings may be more difficult to follow on devices that render images in grayscale or black and white. Apple iPad/iPhone/Mac users should download from the Apple link – Amazon Kindle Reader will not render this eBook correctly on Apple products. Apple downloads here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/celtic-line-drawing-simplified-instructions/id1453924361

Free Useful and Fun Downloads for non-Commercial use:


Above is a full page of Plaitwork and Cutwork Squares. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size. Print in Portrait mode.


Above is a full page of Cutwork Circles. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size. Print in Portrait mode.


Above is a full page of Cutwork Ovals. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size. Print in Portrait mode.


Above is a small size Plaitwork and Cutwork Square to Circle. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size.Print in Portrait mode.


Above is a larger size Plaitwork and Cutwork Square to Circle. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size.Print in Portrait mode.

Book of Kells Velociraptor Bookmarks by Tom Sterling
Print in Landscape mode on cardstock


Try a fairly complicated Celtic Animorph – a Celtic Earwig (PNG format), grids, cuts and sample weave included. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size. Print in Portrait mode. Enjoy

Celtic Animorph – a Celtic Stag Beetle (JPEG format), grids, cuts and sample weave included. Click on the image, and download to your computer. Be certain to choose the option to View Full Size. Print in Portrait mode. Enjoy

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Just Published! Tom’s eBook, Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions

Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions is now available in paperback at Amazon.com. Here’s a direct link:
https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Line-Drawing-Simplified-Instructions/dp/1090953593/

eBook – Kindle and Windows Users download here (Please Note: Kindle version for iPad/iPhone/Mac does not render correctly):
Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Scribd, and Angus & Robertson

eBook – Apple iPad/iPhone and Mac users download here (iBooks): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/celtic-line-drawing-simplified-instructions/id1453924361

Now available in paperback https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Line-Drawing-Simplified-Instructions/dp/1090953593/

Celtic Line Drawing – Simplified Instructions leads you step by step into the fascinating world of creating Celtic knots. Replete with sample drawings, templates and illustrated instructions, this simple but powerful and flexible approach will have you creating intricate plaitwork designs on paper in just minutes.

231 pages of instruction, eight fun and beautiful tutorials will help you quickly progress from elegant plaitwork to more spectacular designs that utilize Cutwork, Circles, Spirals and your own original creations!

The sky’s the limit as you apply these simple principles to create amazing designs. Ideal for fine art, coloring books, mandalas, crafts, scrapbooking, journaling, woodburning, leather tooling or just amusing yourself with a pen and paper while waiting at the doctor’s office.

Author’s Note – This book is best viewed on electronic devices that support color. Many of the images and instruction figures and drawings may be more difficult to follow on devices that render images in grayscale or black and white. Apple iPad/iPhone/Mac users should download from the Apple link – Amazon Kindle Reader will not render this eBook correctly on Apple products. Apple downloads here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/celtic-line-drawing-simplified-instructions/id1453924361

Basic Plaitwork in Action – see the animated GIF Above!

Beginning with easy Plaitwork, you’ll learn a few simple rules that automatically produce complicated looking weaves, perfectly spaced and interwoven – IT’S EASY!


Next, we’ll add just a few more simple procedures and advance to Celtic Cutwork. Here’s where the real fun begins, and the sky is the limit.


From Cutwork, we’ll dive into Celtic Circles. My favorites! Beyond elegance…yet still deceptively simple. There’s no stopping you now!


And finally, my newest discovery, Celtic Square to Circles! Still the same simple rules, and combining Plaitwork, Cutwork and Circles together. Visually stunning, yet the complicated weaves, spacing and layout are all AUTOMATIC!

Purchase Here: Available for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, and Angus & Robertson

Thanks for Looking!

Tom Sterling

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Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish Tutorial


CNC milling the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” in tellurium copper. I fought with computer modeling this monster all weekend!


Here’s what the CNC was milling beneath the coolant bath. The “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” in tellurium copper. This side needs gold eyes and some screws. After that, something needs to be engraved on the back. That’s a quarter next to it…


Here’s the backside of the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” in tellurium copper. This side is being hand engraved. You can see it from the design transfer stage to the completed 24 karat gold gear inlay.


Halfway finished removing background on the hand engraved rear side of the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish.” Tellurium copper, 24 karat gold.


With texturing and shading on the hand engraved portion of the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” I’m going to call this side finished. Now to finish the CNC frog side…


Back to the CNC side of the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” in tellurium copper. Inlaying 24 karat gold in the eyes.


Texturing the background in the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” in tellurium copper. Difficult to get the tiny carbide bur down into the tight spots. Have to be very careful not to let it get out of control!



With the addition of a small leather wallet, the “Nightmare Frog Pocket Fetish” is finished. A little more than 2 inches tall, in 1/4 inch thick tellurium copper and 24 karat gold.

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Tom Sterling

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Tree Frog Skeleton Dogtag Tutorial


Starting a frog skeleton dogtag project on a Grade 1 titanium Boker-brand blank. I begin by cutting the outlines, then inlaying the 24 karat pure gold.


Removing the background on the titanium frog skeleton dogtag. A pretty big job…


Here’s how you carve a medium-relief fly on the titanium frog skeleton dogtag. Still need to add detail to the wings…


Sculpting the frog on the titanium frog skeleton dogtag. Almost there!

The titanium frog skeleton dogtag is finished!

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Tom Sterling

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WESN Knife Koi Tutorial


I’m baaaaack! Starting a Japanese-style koi engraving on a sweet little WESN folding knife. The Grade 5 titanium (6Al4V) scale is pretty tough stuff, but this little neck knife is so nice I’ll suffer through!


Adding 24 karat gold inlays and removing the background on the Grade 5 titanium WESN Knife


Sculpting the “splash” on the Grade 5 titanium WESN Knife. 1st deepening the cuts next to the fish, then sculpting by carving away everything that’s not splash. Tiny Carbide round bur used for carving.


Time to add tiny little engraved cuts to shade the Grade 5 titanium WESN Knife. Zillions of tiny tapered lines on all those scales…


The Grade 5 titanium WESN Koi Knife is finished now that the special black stuff for inking has finally been delivered.


The finished knife, next to a US quarter for scale.

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Tom Sterling

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Copper Crab Pocket Fetish Tutorial


Beginning a tellurium copper pocket fetish with the previous crab theme. However, I first have to cut the design on the back side, because if I cut the front side first, I’ll never get the piece square and flat in the vise. Got to think ahead with CNC, ‘cause the computer certainly won’t!

There has been some concern from my readers about tellurium in this alloy. Tellurium is only present in tiny amounts in the alloy and the only hazard listed in the MSDS is dust inhalation. Folks are probably thinking of beryllium copper, which does have significant health risks. Also, don’t forget that copper is a heavy metal, too. There’s no extra hazard in just handling tellurium copper (aka copper 145). Here’s a link to the MSDS: http://www1.mscdirect.com/…/MSDS0…/40714214-20120815.PDF

Try it, you’ll like it. Carves, mills and engraves really well. My only complaint is the thinnest I’ve been able to find is 1/4 inch thick. I have rolled it through my rolling mill to thin it successfully, but going from quarter inch to thinner is a lot of work!

 


Here’s the front side of the tellurium copper crab pocket fetish. This is about halfway through the CNC roughing pass with a 1/8 inch carbide square end mill.


Saving the tellurium copper crab pocket fetish… Side B (the octopus) milled correctly, but about 2/3rds through the CNC milling process of the crab the machine stalled (maybe a power transient?) before the finishing pass to refine the details. While the result is pretty cool, it isn’t what I had in mind, and it’s even missing the third leg on the left side. Not to worry, I’ll be using hand engraving techniques to save the 4 hours of milling and days of computer modeling. With a square graver, tiny carbide ball burrs and flat nosed punch I’ll be engraving and carving the details the CNC missed.


Saving the tellurium copper crab pocket fetish… With a square graver and tiny carbide ball burrs I’m hand engraving and carving the details the CNC missed.


Saving the tellurium copper crab pocket fetish… The lonely crab needs some silver barnacles. I melt a ball on the end of a silver wire and use a tiny homemade blacksmith’s nail header to create fat rivets. Here I’ve used punches to shape the barnacles. Still need to detail the barnacles…


Saving the tellurium copper crab pocket fetish… The lonely crab needs some silver barnacles. I melt a ball on the end of a silver wire and use a tiny homemade blacksmith’s nail header to create fat rivets. Here I’ve used punches to shape the barnacles. Still need to detail the barnacles…


The tellurium copper crab pocket fetish is finished…all it needs now is a tiny leather wallet to protect it in your pocket. Thanks for looking!

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Tom Sterling

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Knapped Push Dagger Tutorial



Time to start another knife project. I think this will be a small push dagger, in knapped steel style with my nasty “ripper edge.


Grinding my signature “knapped steel” flake scars into 3/16 inch thick 1084 steel, followed by differential hardening and tempering. You can see the two tools I used for the grinding and carving… By the way, grinding is done before heat treat.


Lightening the knapped steel push dagger by removing some of the interior steel from the handle. Careful drilling and cutting out the web with a jeweler’s saw. Tape that blade! Don’t ask me how I know to do this…


Time to fabricate the handle scales for the knapped steel push dagger. I hot forged and cold rolled 1/4 inch thick tellurium copper thinner. Now I have to figure out what lives on these scales…

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Tom Sterling

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Dragonfly Hobo Nickel Tutorial


I need a little timeout from the hummingbird skull reliquary, so here’s the start of a fun Hobo Nickel with a gold dragonfly. I’m leveling out Jefferson’s head with a punch and abrasive stones, and beginning the engraving.


Inlaying a 24 karat gold dragonfly in a Hobo Nickel. Excavating, undercutting and pounding the gold wire into the pockets. Next, I’ll excavate the background and stipple.


I’ve completed the background excavation with a tiny carbide bur in the Dragonfly Hobo Nickel (first image). The second image shows the completed background stippling. I’ll finish up with the details, signature and inking next time.

 
Here’s the finished Hobo Nickel…

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Tom Sterling

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Skull Cache Pocket Fidget Toy and Pocket Fetish Tutorial


Starting a tellurium copper pocket fidget toy and fetish. Quarter inch thick tellurium copper – this stuff machines, engraves and carves really well! None of the gummy/smeary problems ordinary copper has.



Marking out and cutting the blank to size.


I’ll use the exact dimensions to computer model the design for CNC rough out.  I’ve used Autodesk Fusion 360 for CAD modeling.


Above, I’m CNC milling the design into the front side of the tellurium copper blank, using 1/16 inch diameter carbide square and ball nose end mills, no coolant.


Here’s a closeup of one of the skulls after machining. I’ve darkened the copper for better visualization. Notice the little milling marks left behind by the milling operations. This was about two hours of machining.


You can see where I’m using small gravers to cut a fine line around the margins of the skull. This will remove the fillet left by the ball nose end mill in the final milling pass.

Above, I’ve been carving and engraving around the edges of the skull to improve the fineness of the presentation. I’ve discovered no matter how fine I try to mill the shapes, it simply can’t compare to the fineness of hand engraving. The CNC is very useful for roughing out the shapes and saving me a fair bit of time, but it’s not what I’m ready to accept as a finished product compared to fine hand engraving.


Above, all of the skulls have had their margins carved/engraved and refined.


Here I’ve used a tiny punch made from a worn-out carving bur to forge the skull surface smooth. This removes those tiny mill marks, and leaves a pleasing texture behind. Of course, you can use a polished punch for a smoother look, but I like this texture for the appearance of a long-buried skull.


And, above, all the skulls given the same punch treatment. I’ve also used a sharp carbide stippler to stipple all the background areas.


Here I’ve added a patina and inked the deep spots for extra contrast.


Now for the back side…I’ve CNC milled the skull shapes, and begun stippling the inside of the skull and the spiral handprint. You can see the carbide stippling point in my Lindsay Nitro G20 Airgraver.


You can see the stippling effects on the left side of the above image, in contrast to the smooth copper areas not yet stippled.


Above, the stippling is complete, and the tiny skull in the eye has been refined in exactly the same manner as its’ big brothers on the front side.


In the above two images, the back side has been patinated like the front.


The Small Skull Pocket Fetish is finished through a unique technique of machining combined with hand carving and hand engraving, each method carefully chosen for its own best effect.  This unique fidget toy is 1.25 inches wide by  1.75 inches long, of an unusual tellurium copper alloy specially formulated for excellent carving characteristics and it’s lovely copper color. Small leather wallet included to keep your fidget toy safe from mishap in your pocket.

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Tom Sterling

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