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  1. Asma

    Swirl.jpg

    My swirl sculpture
  2. Asma

    Track

    Track sculpture I made
  3. Asma

    Track 3

    Tire Track sculpture
  4. Asma

    Spiral

    More of my sculptures...
  5. Asma

    Spiral-2

    Making art with steel is fun!
  6. Asma

    Spiral-3

    More of my steel sculptures
  7. Asma

    12

    Another one of the sculptures I made
  8. Ok so I've got a old 321 pound Peter Wright Anvil. I was wondering if it will effect the value or worth of the anvil if I were to do some fringing on the top face. Mainly along the edges because there is some dings and chips along the sides. I'd like to grind a little to reshape at least one edge but if it's gonna mess with the value or anything like that then I'll just continue using a large separate piece of steel for the sharp edges. Any suggestions and or tips would be greatly appreciated Thanks.
  9. Belt Grinder Info Rabbit Holes I have been spending a lot of time looking into what it would take to have a good 2 x 72 (inch) belt grinder (e.g. KMG). I am in Eagle River (AK). Just Buy One! Maybe Not... I found that companies do not ship here, or the cost is (not surprisingly) quite high. Before doing anything particularly foolish I am looking to you all for suggestions. Make or Buy? Is there a good option... I have not found sufficient info to be comfortable making a grinder, and in my ignorance I would likely get started and end up spending "a lot of money" and be the owner of a pile of parts -- particularly since I do not have access to a machine shop or the knowledge of where to get what and how to avoid issues that an experienced person could address easily. Avoiding Mistakes By Asking For Help I have looked at a lot of information on this topic, and what I am looking for now is regionally specific guidance. I Think I Missed A Sign On The Way In Please point me to a post that us noobs often need to be directed to since I doubt i am not asking something new. If you have a belt grinder that you like are you are relatively close-by, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you and learn a bit about what you make/repair/etc. and what resources (vendors of parts, materials, services) you find helpful. Best Wishes
  10. hello everyone, this is my final year at my studies in BA Fine Arts working with metal started from my desire to do a model of an abandoned factory that i used to paint. this has now advanced into blacksmithing and it is a very enjoyable experience with surprises on every corner. This year was my best work so far, i added wax to my materials which blends very well with metal. my inspiration for this project originated from visiting the Red Light District in Amsterdam which provided me with a very unpleasant feeling which has led to these sculptures. I don't want to say much as in order to leave you make your own thoughts about what you see. thanks for all the help from this forum and let me know of what you think. photos By Alexandros Hadjicostas. Andreas Santis
  11. Hi! I started my smithing/smelting adventure not long ago. I've built a furnace, melt some alluminium, poured it into my clay cast, let it cool down (and used water to make the process faster). Then I wanted to make a sword out of it (as it was just a base stick cast). I heated it up, hit it with a hammer and... it just cracked. Later I discovered that I can even tear my casted metal pieces apart with my bare hands... Please tell me guys, what am I doing wrong?
  12. Hello all, I have been using a brake drum forge I made much like the ones seen on the internet. It works and can reach the temperatures I need, so much so I ended up burning off some hard work I put into some rebar :( Part of learning I guess! My problem is this, to keep coal from falling down my tuyere I believe it's called, I got some sheet metal I found at the Brimfield Faire. It was like this really thin tinny looking sheet used for decorating restaurants, sort of like corrugated steel. Anyways, I cut a circle of it and put it in the bottom of the forge and drilled holes into the center. It worked for a little while but now I have air coming up out and around the plate rather than just through the holes. I think it's because it has warped so much from the heat it was never meant to experience. I couldn't get a clear picture since its filled with coal. I am now burning basically an entire brake drum of coal constantly, I don't really have a center of heat, its all going. This is really wasteful I feel. I was wondering if you guys knew of any good material or piece to put in the bottom of a brake drum forge (or any forge) that will work much better? I do have some old BBQ grill....grill. The bars seem too far apart though. Whatever you guys could recommend would be great, thanks! EDIT: I was perusing more, I have no way of actually welding something, I don't mean forge welding. So it would be next to impossible for me to weld some bars into the pipe.
  13. Greetings all, I was picking around a farmer's dump site (probably from the '50s) and found this metal... thing. It looks almost like a large set of tongs, but the ends don't have pincers, just rusted chunks that look like bolts. For a moment I thought it was the suspension for a wagon seat, but then saw that it slides in the middle. I'm completely stumped. Can anyone give me a guess? Thanks! Jamie
  14. I am wanting to make a machete for my use and maybe make a nice katana. I know not to use mild steel but besides that I know basically nothing about what steel is good and bad. I am wanting to try something besides leaf spring. Any suggestions from the masters?
  15. here is the new gate, can you guess what number i live at?

    © metal dynamics ltd

  16. my new front garden gate design.
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