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  1. olydemon

    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    HAHA, didnt even think of that.... BTW. see you are in Oly too!
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Thanks! They are fun to make.
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Thanks. The jig is just for holding the stock so I can punch the suckers by hand. Works well. I adapted the simple angle iron piece I saw a fellow Instagram contact had posted. My work has V blocks for holding round stock for measurments that have a similar bolt hold down, so I just combined the ideas.
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    Discoloured and pitted metal

    I use wire wheel brushes on hex posts (like for a drill motor) in my dinky craftsman drill press. Get them at lowes/home depot. They aren't as aggressive as a wire wheel on a bench/angle grinder and I don't get any wire projectiles lodged in my clothing....
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    carbide cutter shank steel identification

    Or Rank beginner operators who hand edit code because they didn't want to go get a program update... This was the result of a tool # changing on the controller and a repost from my program called up the wrong tool and proceeding to rapid into a hole that was suppose to be there.... This is a seco flat bottom insertable drill that seems cast...
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Worked up a new tentacle opener this weekend. The hooks on the end are a result of a failed round punch in too thin of material. I started over with a slitter that left me with more material but I decided to leave the failed nubs as a part of the look. Also pictured in the first shot are some Talon claws I like to make out of all the short round cuts you end up having sitting in the scrap bin... Here is another opener I gifted to a good friend. I did a non traditional end with a little tentacle wrap. This one was a ton of fun to make. First time using my sucker punching jig pictured. My test of function is always hooking a bottle and balancing it in the air. If it works I don't get a broken bottle and beer on my floor. So far none have failed.
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Been cool seeing all the openers... Here are a few more I've made. Going through my phone (my camera) I realize I haven't made an opener in quite a while... may need to remedy that... It's finally cooling down here so maybe worth firing up the forge this weekend. Made from a chunk of 4140 shown to the left. Here are a couple made from some cool rebar that was in my shop when we bought the house in 2002. Some twisted variations... Some I have made from files. My first is still my favorite. (the shorter one in the middle of the group photo) And some weirder ones....
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    First time forging copper.

    I am familiar with the NWBA, Lurk on the website all the time, Haven't joined yet. I always seem to be busy when there are events happening. One of these days I will...
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    First time forging copper.

    Thank you! Also see you are not far from me. Hope you are handling the heat... I'm certainly not...
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    First time forging copper.

    Thought I would update this original post rather than start a new one. I forged some more of the copper bar into a few incense holders and a skull. I also made the original snake thing into a door knocker. here are some images linked from Imgur.. Door knocker: Forged a piece of random steel to the backing of he door knicker. I split the top end by hand, the other end I sorta cheated with the bandsaw. It was a really hot day and I wanted to just get it over with. I hid the cut seam ends with the curve of the snake. The copper clasp is just 1/4 tube smashed flat. I used some really old copper rivets I got from when my grandfather passed away around 1999, was really cool finally finding a use for them. Copper skull... I make these all the time from Mild steel... first time trying in copper.... Feather incense holder... I managed to melt the tip of something I was drawing out so Instead of a double ended curl (like my last piece to post) I ended up making it a feather and curling the end to hold the incense. Here I use about 8" of the 1/2 square bar to draw out a viking ship incense holder. This is what I was trying to make when I did the feather. This came out really cool.... raw stock: In process re-heating... The finished part in various views: some other images here that I didnt post... https://imgur.com/a/UpuhwZi
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    First time forging copper.

    Thanks all! Eventually it would be fun to try something in silver. I do have a brass hex bar, but at 1" diameter I'm not sure I'm ready for that....
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    First time forging copper.

    Having seen many posts on Instagram of copper forging, I decided to order a bar of copper from Amazon. I ended up with 60" of 1/2" square for only $26 shipped. Tonight I forged it since the weather wasn't too hot out... I started by cutting off 7 1/2" of the bar. The object I made is the Ouroboros, or the snake eating its own tail. It ended up 17 1/2" long after drawing out. I worked it hot when doing the taper. The textures on the 4 sides I just did with a chisel when it was going from dull red to black hot. It was really fun and I cant wait to use up the rest of the bar.
  13. Greetings... Long time Lurker... Finally made an account last night to post some bottle openers. I've been smithing about a year now. I spent a lot of time early on making tools and tongs (Kens Custom for now). Now I make lots of skull and troll cross pendants, runes, bottle openers, and other weird things. I always have people asking when I am going to make knives since they all think we all are just waiting to be on FIF. I've made a few blades, and a few forge welded hawks.. In time I want to make more of this stuff, but for now I enjoy more artistic things. Most of what I make I end up giving away, but do have a few people who I sell stuff to on a regular basis. Some of my work will also be at a Oddity and Curiosity expo in Chicago in a few weeks with a friend who needed something smaller to sell on his tables... His art is quite expensive I guess.. I look forward to spending more time picking through threads here... I also lurk on Reddit but don't post too often. My main outlet these days is my Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/olydemon/
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Thank you! The tentacles I learned from a smith named Hanna Gutke through a YouTube video. . I'll post the video as here as her tutorial is pretty good and funny. Basic steps: Make taper, Mig weld dots, Punch dot centers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giS_d4nu9VM
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    Show me your Bottle Openers!

    Finally joined up to share some bottle openers I have made. I've been a long time lurker usually ending up here looking for info on forges and anvils. The damascus one was my first attempt with making my own layered stock. I used band saw blades and strapping. The texture didn't end up staying so I polished it again as seen in the shiny image and later heat tempered it to a rainbow pattern. I didn't have a great image of that, but could dig it up later. The weird bearded skull/tentacle one was made as a response to a challenge from a friend to make a "Skull with a tentacle". I ended up giving it to him as a gift. The last one was made out of 303SS and it cracked on me so I went with it and made an opener I think looks sorta like a crab claw. I have access to 1" round bar in 303ss, but It was such a pain to forge i may just let the stuff go to the recycler.