Steampunk Anglerfish Dogtag – Available for Purchase Now!

Steampunk_Anglerfish_Dogtag_Standard_1 Steampunk_Anglerfish_Dogtag_Gold_1Titanium Dogtag with deep laser engraved Clockwork Steampunk Anglerfish now on the Available for Purchase page. Without gold is $125. With gold is $195.

Thanks for Looking!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Experimental Banknote Scroll and Sculpted Centipede

William_Henry_Scroll_Centipede_1
I’ve been working to learn “scrolls” lately – here’s a practice for a William Henry knife. In the second image, I’m beginning to excavate for the spots where gold will be inlaid.

William_Henry_Scroll_Centipede_2
Since this will be a hybrid between my usual sculpting and standard scroll technique, I’m not certain how this will turn out – hence, the practicing…

William_Henry_Scroll_Centipede_3
Sculpting the hidden centipede, and inlaying gold in the legs and antennae.

William_Henry_Scroll_Centipede_4
Laying in lots more gold. I hope this ends up working… The cutting isn’t the difficulty, it’s the scroll designing that is kicking my butt!

William_Henry_Scroll_Centipede_5
Finished up the three steps of background removal today, first with a graver, 2nd with carbide bur, and third by stippling the background. Tomorrow, shading….

William_Henry_Scroll_Centipede_6
The scroll experiment is finished! Not too bad, although I’m not completely pleased with the design. But, it appears I can mix sculpted bugs with banknote engraving and get away with it!

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

Posted in Carving, Engraved Knife | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Engraving a Serge Panchenko Gen3 Dogtag Knife “Scrolls and Fly”

Serge_Panchenko_Gen3_Dogtag_Knife_Scroll_Fly_1
Working on a special sergeknives.com Gen 3 Dog Tag with a small surprise. 2 inches long, bronze. Hopefully it will be done in time for Blade, so visit Serge’s table and see it in person!

Serge_Panchenko_Gen3_Dogtag_Knife_Scroll_Fly_2
The three steps of removing the background. The bottom image has been stippled with a tiny sharp point.

Serge_Panchenko_Gen3_Dogtag_Knife_Scroll_Fly_3
Sculpting the fly, start to finish…

Serge_Panchenko_Gen3_Dogtag_Knife_Scroll_Fly_4
sergeknives.com Gen3 finished, and Serge has it all assembled. The handle is bronze and 2 inches long (the blade is a little shorter, I’m not certain). Serge will have it at Blade, so be sure and stop by table 16G and say hi to Julie and Serge and fondle these little beauties!

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

Posted in Carving, Engraved Knife | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Engraving Titanium and Gold Dragonfly Earrings

Titanium_Gold_Dragonfly_Earrings_1
My special lady wants a pair of dragonfly earrings, so here’s the start. Cutting the blanks from 1/16 inch thick titanium, and cutting the basic lines. Tomorrow, inlaying gold bodies…

Titanium_Gold_Dragonfly_Earrings_2
Clockwise from top left – excavating the pocket/undercutting the edges/heavy stippling in the bottom; putting in gold wire; scraping off the excess gold; inlaid gold stoned smooth. Next, relieve and stipple the background.

Titanium_Gold_Dragonfly_Earrings_3
Removing the background with gravers and tiny carbide burs, followed by stippling with a sharp carbide point. Getting close to finishing this one. Bad news, though, ’cause there’s a second one…

Titanium_Gold_Dragonfly_Earrings_4
The earrings are finished. They are a shade smaller than 3/4 of an inch square, hand engraved in CP titanium and 24 karat gold.

Titanium_Gold_Dragonfly_Earrings_5
Another view of the earrings.

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

Posted in Jewelry | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Engraving a “Koi and Waves” Tactical Bead

Koi_and_Waves_Tactical_Bead_1
Well, no rest for the wicked… sergeknives.com wants a tactical bead. Serge lathe-turned the copper bead blank, but it’s pretty small and difficult to hold while engraving. So, thinking about this all during his Koi and Waves Bean knife handle, I came up with this clamping fixture. Started as a piece of repurposed Boeing surplus aluminum doodad, socket head screw, added a brass sleeve and Delrin washers. Clamps into my engraver’s block, and works great!

Koi_and_Waves_Tactical_Bead_2
Starting cutting Serge’s bead with a Japanese-style Koi and Waves. The fixture is working well, I can easily cut about 45 degrees of the top, and easily adjusts to the next position. I’m kind of liking bead cutting, so this probably won’t be the last…

Koi_and_Waves_Tactical_Bead_3
Sculpting the waves and the koi. Some sculpting is cutting metal away, and some is moving metal around with tiny punches. Have I mentioned the bead is 7/8 of an inch tall and half an inch in diameter?

Koi_and_Waves_Tactical_Bead_4
Everything sculpted and textured, and pics of all sides. Even got the gold eye installed. Tomorrow, adding in wave lines and finishing up!

Koi_and_Waves_Tactical_Bead_5
Here’s the finished bead, seen from all sides. A lot of fun! I’ll have to cut some more. Off to Serge tomorrow.

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

Posted in Carving, Jewelry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Engraving a Serge Panchenko Bean Knife “Koi and Waves”

Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_5Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_6Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_7
Above, Serge finished making the other parts and assembled the completed knife.  Photos courtesy of sergeknives.com.

Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_1

Starting another sergeknives.com collaboration on a sweet bronze Bean knife scale, this time with a Japanese-style Koi and Waves theme. There will be a few dots of gold, and a gold koi eye.

Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_2
Sculpting the waves and the koi. It’s starting to look like something now!

Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_3
I textured all the wave surfaces today, as well as finished the 24 karat gold inlays.

Serge_Koi_and_Waves_Bean_Knife_4
sergeknives.com “Koi and Waves” Bean knife scale is finished! Back to Serge on Monday for assembly, I can’t wait to see how the whole package turns out… Both signatures on the backside, ’cause I couldn’t bear to interfere with the front…

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

 

Posted in Carving, Engraved Knife | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Engraving a Serge Panchenko Bean Knife “Dogfish”

Serge_Dogfish_Bean_Knife_1
Starting a new engraving project on one of Serge Panchenko’s sweet little Bean folding knives (sergeknives.com). This Bean knife scale is in bronze, and is a dream to cut. Just a bit under three inches long.

Serge_Dogfish_Bean_Knife_2
Adding in the 24 karat gold inlays in the undulating bull kelp fronds. L to R, undercutting the pockets, pounding in the gold wire, trimming it back.

Serge_Dogfish_Bean_Knife_3
Spent the day doing ophthalmology and dentistry on sergeknives.com collaboration NW-style Dogfish. Upper left, undercut and heavily stippled with a little trick for inlaying gold wire in round spots. Then, various stages of pounding in and trimming the inlaid gold.

Serge_Dogfish_Bean_Knife_4
Finished trimming out the gold inlays today. Next, background removal and stippling, and then it will be back to Serge for assembly…

Serge_Dogfish_Bean_Knife_5
serge knives.com Bean folding knife NW-style Dogfish finished! Left image before detailing and inking, right side finished.

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

Posted in Carving, Engraved Knife | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“Bad Day at Green River” Pendant

Fossil_Fish_Pendant_1Starting a new experiment with engraved fossils – the “Bad Day at Green River” pendant. Titanium, about 2 inches tall, with 24 karat gold inlays.

Fossil_Fish_Pendant_2
Upper left, inlaid gold with no embellishment. Lower right, engraving very tiny (almost invisible) lines in the titanium just outside the gold really makes it pop.

Fossil_Fish_Pendant_3
Adding more little fossil fishes…

Fossil_Fish_Pendant_4
Adding in the stone finish and cutting away the recesses simulating layered stone, the top left fish fossil has the background finished like I’m planning.

Fossil_Fish_Pendant_5
Almost done! A quick inking with burnt umber to warm it up a little and bring out the gold. Now I have to ponder it for a while…

Fossil_Fish_Pendant_6
“Bad Day at Green River” pendant finished. Hand engraved and carved titanium, 24 karat gold inlays, silver hardware, leather neck cord. Thanks for looking and all the support!

Thanks for looking!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

Posted in Jewelry, Pendant | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Steelhead and Buckskin Pouch – for Renee

Renee wanted to know if I had any of these little carved moose antler fish for sale.  Unfortunately, for health reasons I no longer carve any kind of natural materials, so I don’t have any of the fish for sale.  She made a buckskin pouch using my tutorial (which can be found for free in the Resources section of this blog – here:  http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/?page_id=900).  She also thought she might try her hand at carving her own little fish dangles.

So, thanks for the kind words Renee, and here are some better photos of the little carved antler fish.  I hope they are of use to you in your carving adventures!  Don’t overlook my free 300+ page netsuke carving tutorial (http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/?page_id=315) – there are lots of hints there to help you with the tools and techniques for carving antler and other natural materials

Gutted_Steelhead_Buckskin_Pouch_9 Gutted_Steelhead_Buckskin_Pouch_1

Posted in Carving, Jewelry, Netsuke | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Russian Grenade Tactical Bead

Russian_Grenade_Bead_Web_1 Starting a tactical bead with a piece of wrought iron anchor chain from the late 1800s. A huge pain to true up this wonky thing in the lathe…lower left, a chunk of the original and the turned piece.  I didn’t ruin the carbide lathe cutter insert – I took it really slow, and got lucky! But I won’t be doing it this way again…ever. I should have heated it to welding temp and twisted it really tight, as well as forging it smaller in diameter.

Russian_Grenade_Bead_Web_2Moved to a smaller lathe, cutting the basic shape of the tactical bead.  Notice the rough pits full of forge welding flux slag left by manufacturing defects of the original wrought iron (top left image).  Ironically, these defects are what gives this ancient wrought iron it’s desirable character…

Russian_Grenade_Bead_Web_3
Hand carving the vertical flutes in the wrought iron grenade body with carbide bur. Lower left after pretty deep etching, lower right with the model and the finished grenade body.

Russian_Grenade_Bead_Web_4
Finished turning the other two bits of the grenade bead in the lathe, of copper and brass. Lower right image shows chasing the bottom of the brass central rivet.

Russian_Grenade_Bead_Web_5
Cutting and bending the copper arming lever was something of a trick..I held the piece in a Jorgensen clamp for gross cutting, and figured out a cute trick with the drill bit I used in the lathe for the major bend (center image). Anyway, it all worked, in a blind squirrel moment!

Russian_Grenade_Bead_Web_6
And here’s the Grenade Bead in final stages, and lower left, finished.  It’s a tiny bit over 7/8ths of an inch tall (not including the silver ring) and 5/8ths wide.  The grenade body is hand turned and carved late 19th century wrought iron, heavily etched to reveal the wrought texture, with a brass central core, copper arming lever and silver pin ring.  I’ve used a little artistic license to slightly rearrange the pin ring to form a better bead.  It is based on a Russian model used since WW II.

It’s not designed to come apart, but if you were to clip the soldered ring off, then it would disassemble.  The ring (thick silver, soldered closed) is where the cord is designed to attach.  It’s signed with my mark on the bottom of the central brass post (solid core, no central hole).

Thanks for looking and all of your support!

Tom Sterling

http://www.facebook.com/TomSterlingHandEngraving#
http://instagram.com/tom_sterling_hand_engraving
http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/

 

Posted in Carving, Jewelry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment