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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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Combined CNC and Hand Engraving on a Hobo Silver Dollar with Handprint Skull

After a few successes with wood, moose antler and brass it’s time for something a little more challenging. There have been a few technical glitches and broken end mills along the way, but I’m confident enough I’ll risk a $20 … Continue reading

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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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