Tag Archives: Press Forming

When god was a Woman Earrings

I’ve always loved the prehistoric “Venus” carvings, so I decided to make a press forming die for some Venus of Willendorf earrings, and maybe some other uses. Above is my computer model of the Venus of Willendorf, originally sculpted in … Continue reading

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Knapadonia Challenge Coin Tutorial

I’m curious to see if I can make this work: a coining die so I can create small copper challenge coins in my little 20 ton press. Every year, I try to create an art object as a fundraising opportunity … Continue reading

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Stag Beetle Tavern Ring Tutorial

Starting a “Tavern Ring” (with thanks to http://hellgnome.rocks for the name I blatantly stole from him…), in tellurium copper. I’m planning to add a stainless steel inlay using my hare-brained scheme technique. Hope it works… Marking out and cutting the … Continue reading

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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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