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2ed in Series of Lovers

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1st Kiss w/blush
Mild steel
5 ¾” Square base of Butternut
 1st Kiss w/blush  5 ¾” Square base of Butternut (not wormy)  13” Height overall1st Kiss: 1st Kiss w/blush 5 ¾” Square base of Butternut 13” Height overall Close up with blush1st Kiss CU: Close up with blush13” Height overall


HAMMERFEST XIV

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If you are near Vista CA the week end of Sept. 10 -12 and want to have a great weekend blacksmithing and would like to meet master blacksmith Tony Swatton from the Sword & Stone, check out the following link. http://www.cbavista.com/hammerfest/hammerfest.html


LOVERS

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 LOVERSLOVERS: LOVERS“LOVERS” is my latest piece, hand forged, mild steel, copper, violet dye oxide patina, red solvent dye patina and 23k gold leaf.


Help needed

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I am thinking about doing a piece with a large river rock in a tight fitting, cage like setting. How do you weld the material in place with out chipping / discoloring the stone?


Final Crossing

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 Foldformed, hand hammered copper and bronze vassal. Warm tones of golden brown interior and reddish orange outside.   11 guage copper   11" x 6 1/2" x 4" hiFINAL CROSSING: Foldformed, hand hammered copper and bronze vassal. Warm tones of golden brown interior and reddish orange outside. 11 guage copper 11" x 6 1/2" x 4" hiFoldformed, hand hammered copper and bronze vassal. Warm tones of golden brown interior and reddish orange outside.


Passport to Saturn

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Just finished, this commission in copper of a passport to Saturn. About 4” x 5”, customer will fill inside with special papers. The colors are solvent die patinas.


Bowie Knife Finished

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Here it is finished to be delivered tomorrow. Now that it is over I feel better.


W.I.P. Bowie Knife

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This is a current work in progress for father’s day.
First you make the Damascus billet, then,
forge both blade and guard to shape,
grind w/ 60 grit, fit guard, grind w/ 120 grit, grind w/ 220 grit,


MIXED METALS

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I should know the answer to this question but would like your input.
I like to mix different materials together in my art pieces. What problems have you had when mixing mild steel with copper – brass - bronze in any combination? What would you suggest to use as a barrier (if needed) for use outside/inside?


“4 Hands” New work in progress

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 Work in progress“4 Hands”: Work in progressBased on cave paintings of hands this wall hanging has a 3D stone texture with multiple dye oxide patinas Finish is Smart Coat 1K and black wax.


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