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I made a little anvil/stake yesterday for rings - Love it! (photos)
Daverham - Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 1:11pmFabrication | Jewelry anvil | forge | forging | jewelry | rings | silver
I made this anvil/stake yesterday, from a steel rod and some scrap wood. I've been wanting to forge a rounded contour to rings for design and comfort and it works perfectly!
The block on the right side slides off to allow the ring to slip over the stake. That's my grandpa's mallet, it's very soft. He was a Boeing machinist - I don't know exactly what he did with it, but it's great for massaging silver without marring the surface at all. I've had it in the back of a tool box for years - since he died in 1986 or so, and now I've found a purpose for it. I couldn't be happier.
With this shape, rings are unbelievably comfortable! Cold, hard metal actually feels soft as flower petals. it's an incredible difference.
This ring (above) used to be unbearable to wear, the width of the band was too much and the edges were uncomfortable, even after rounding and smoothing them with sanders/polishers. Now, with this new contour to the ring, it feels so soft, it's like slipping your finger into a cool, smooth marshmallow, lined with rose petals.
And I can't resist, one picture of Grandpa. Here's the man behind the mallet, receiving an award from the Air Force for something he invented, I'm not exactly sure what: