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Millit Knives Pony NW Salmon Tutorial

Here I’m starting a commission on a lovely little Millit Pony knife with copper scales. A sculpted salmon theme in NW Native American-style. Above, you can see the block I’ll use for holding the copper scales, covered in dark grey … Continue reading

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Gold Spider Damascus Bead

I’ve started a lanyard bead on some Geoff Keyes damascus steel.  I’m going to add a tiny gold spider hanging from a thread. This bead is for Geoff – shhh, don’t tell him… Above, I’m beginning to turn the bead from … Continue reading

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Shibuichi Longhorn Beetle Hobo Nickel Tutorial

Starting a new project, a Hobo Nickel with a shibuichi Japanese-style inlay of a longhorn beetle. I’ve been watching Ford Hallam (https://www.facebook.com/Ford-Hallam-Following-the-Iron-Br…/) make his lovely metal inlays, and have been taking his advice to “steal with my eyes.” I think … Continue reading

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Baby Snapping Turtle Pendant

Baby Snapping Turtle Pendant by Tom Sterling This is how an engraving begins. My design is laser printed on ordinary kitchen baking parchment. The laser printer toner doesn’t stick well to the paper, and with a little encouragement from the … Continue reading

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“Beneath the Blood Moon” Pendant

Making a Copper Overlay I’ve been away from engraving for a few weeks, and I decided I needed to practice up a bit before starting on a knife commission.  This is an extension of a knife design I intend to … Continue reading

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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 7

Today is mostly using the punches to sculpt and texture. In the above three images you can see some of the sculpting in progress.  The image on the left has had the head part (cephalon) sculpted and textured, and you … Continue reading

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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 6

Starting the carving today. Here I’ve set the trilobite (right side up this time) in Thermolock™ and drawn in the exoskeleton.  I’ve also used a tiny carbide bur to do a “scribble” texture on the gears and the surface they … Continue reading

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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 5

Today I’m adding all of the rivets and completing the engraving for the pendant back. Above are the wires I’m going to make my rivets out of, along with my blacksmith’s “nail header.”  The silver wire is 16 gauge silver, … Continue reading

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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 4

Today I need to make the last little gear, solder everything together and do the initial shaping. Above, I’m using a computer printout as a pattern for the tiny gear, and drilling the starting holes.  I used a scan of … Continue reading

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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 3

In order for the parts to solder well, I need to flatten all the mating surfaces – the top surface of the bottom plate, the bottom surface of the top plate, and the bottom of the gears (there’s a parsing … Continue reading

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