Iron Poet

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  1. Determine how wide the slit you need to make and mark on the bar the correct length and length. Then take a file and file the area flat to give your punch enough purchase. Placing the bar in a V swage if square or a halfmoon swage if round to stop the bar from flattening.
  2. xxxx, that's a pretty good idea. Why didn't I think of that?
  3. Have you ever tried printing something off and gluing it to the steel to use as a stencil? I suck at drawing anything that isn't a squiggle.
  4. Grinder and sander. I firmly believe that most people overlook the danger that particulates are able to do to your lungs. It doesn't matter if I'm doing metal or wood or even just forging, I make sure to wear proper PPE. I however run a fairly low tech shop, so the next closest would probably be an cut-off hardie, followed by my welding machine
  5. Practice forge welding sheet. It's a useful decorative skill.
  6. I wrapped them up with galvinized electric fence wire, fluxed it really heavily, and then went at it. The chains I used are Stihl, I don't know what they're made of, but I suspect that some of the pins or links have a lot of nickel in it. They weld extremely easily, so you shouldn't have a problem. Just make sure you start with enough material because this stuff works down into almost nothing.
  7. Pretty sure it's the chromium.
  8. Totally original idea that I came up with by myself with no inspiration from anything else on this subforum. This is made from chainsaw chain, how many? Couldn't tell you, but this is made out of 4 stacks forge welded together, cut apart, and then forge welded back together to make it a bit thicker. The face is about an 1" square while the peen is roughly 1/2", the head weighs a little over 1lb. Needless to say, this was a lot of work, especially by hand.
  9. Your tools might have edges that are too sharp. You shouldn't get cracks if the shoulders are nice and rounded, unless you're going from a large diameter to a very small one.
  10. I'd recommend filing, it's what I do and it does prevent major screw ups. It just takes a couple minutes longer than with a grinder
  11. Silicon, aluminum, tin, and I believe phosphorus bronze can be forged. Arsinic is one of the classical metals that everyone used but it's fallen out of favor for 'some reason'
  12. You want to use silicon bronze, I go here and buy what I need. They usually have scuffed or scratched sheets for a big discount
  13. Made a bronze bowl with a copper stand. For whatever reason people like the dimpled look far more than the planished ones, I personally love the feel of bronze especially textured so it doesn't matter.
  14. I've always been good and I've either hidden or destroyed all evidence to the contrary. Being an average dope ruins the mystique I've been cultivating : P
  15. Sanding brass in 0 degree weather is equally freezing and burning hot..