Category Archives: Press Forming

Hydraulic Press Inlay Tutorial

Another hare-brained scheme – I have a couple of leftover stainless steel cutouts from making my better half’s earrings. It occurred to me to press them into thick copper for a pendant. Here’s the result so far… Above are the … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Skull with Silver Helmet Pendant

Starting a new press-formed hummingbird skull, this time with a twist. Here are several pressings, and carefully forging away the wrinkles in the copper sheet caused by the pressing. Here’s the beginning of the twist – I’m upcycling a failed … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Ravens

A Tale of Two Ravens (dogtag pendants by Tom Sterling, March 2015) Top left image by Serge Panchenko (check out his excellent work at http://sergeknives.com) Above is an excellent example of why I’ve been pursuing the press forming process. My … Continue reading

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“Greenman in Autumn” Pendant Dagger, Part 2

I started the engraving by cutting all the major lines. Next I’ll inlay gold wire into the Celtic beard… Inlaying gold wire, from top left clockwise – undercutting the line (blue arrows) – hammering in wire – more hammering – … Continue reading

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“Greenman in Autumn” Pendant Dagger, Part 1

   Above images courtesy of Bladegallery.com Beginning a new project – a tiny pendant dagger in my signature “Knapped Steel” style. Here it’s been cut out from 1084 carbon steel. Decreasing weight of the dagger, left to right – drilling … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Art Basket – More Adventures in Press Forming

Here’s another little art basket my wife and I collaborated on.  This little hummingbird basket is about three inches in diameter. The basket itself is made from ziricote (the rim and base) and is woven with waxed Irish linen.  The … Continue reading

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“Have You Heard the Owl Call Your Name?” Art Basket

Here’s something my wife and I haven’t done for quite a long time, the “Have You Heard the Owl Call Your Name?” Art Basket.  When we first started our art careers, we collaborated on quite a few tiny little art basket … Continue reading

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Press-Forming Adventures Part 6

Above are all of the hummingbird and owl press forming works I’ve been working on…an interesting ride, I must say. Above is the completed silver hummingbird skull and titanium pendant, with leather neck cord. Available soon at BladeGallery.com Below are images … Continue reading

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Press-Forming Adventures Part 5

Today I’m working on making a pendant from the little silver hummingbird skull I press formed during our last visit.  I’m engraving a piece of Grade 2 titanium for the back of the pendant.  I’m hoping the gray color of … Continue reading

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Press-Forming Adventures Part 4

Well, the owl worked out so well, I decided a hummingbird was in order.  If you recall the “encouraging failure” from the first post in this series, I used the copper sheet pressing from that to chase a small hummingbird … Continue reading

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