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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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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 2

Today was just a lot of sawing.  A lot…I had forgotten how gummy and resisting sterling silver could be, especially in thicker pieces.  Now I remember why I much prefer sawing, engraving and carving in steel… Above are the two … Continue reading

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Clockwork Trilobite – Part 1

Here’s the start of a commission for an engraved and carved silver trilobite, with copper gears. Above, I’m weighing out scrap sterling silver (looking for about an ounce).  The scrap needs to be clean, and free of any solder.  If it … 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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