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Connecting rods from a Subaru WRX. I wanted to forge the small end into the opener but this stuff would not forge. It would eventually start to crack and just fall apart. Low red heat was better then orange heat and would get me farther along into the process but it would still start cracking. These are forged rods according to a Subaru forum but acted like cast iron.  So we just cut the opener in the end and textured. The one on the left was done with a spring fuller at a black heat. I could not belive how easliy it fullered. Wierd metal. 

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What did they end up sparking like when you cut them? 

I like the fullered one, it really pops. 

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I like that one too. The pics don't do these justice. We did a spark test. There was 3 of us watching. I had a hard disk on a angle grinder and ground on an old file then the rod. I told the other 2 guys to look for spark length and how it explodes or not. I went back and forth between file and rod and we could not tell any difference. But then I dont have any practice judging sparks. There had to be something we were missing in the sparks because we fullered that one at black heat and it worked well.    I was really looking forward to making a forged opener like I have done before which turned out great with other rods.  Because the guy that brought the rods knows the owner of a Subaru performance shop and he has a box of rods he would give away.

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I like that whale! and the horses main is cool too.

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I wondered if I had spelled it wrong....You would know I reckon, your three quarters horse.:)

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wait, you know what the other quarter is? Alligator? I've always thought that if I was an animal I wouldn't mind being a Raccoon...

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13 minutes ago, littleblacksmith said:

wait, you know what the other quarter is? Alligator?

I wish. Don't tell anyone, but I think it might be Shapeshifter. My Inner Odo...:P

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52 minutes ago, John McPherson said:

I became a shape-shifter when I got Furniture Disease. My chest fell into my drawers.

^^ Now that's funny! :lol: 

I guess my shape has shifted too...

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Ah, finally a day to get out and and play with fire and steel. 

Keep in mind i am no where near the skill of many of yall. This my first bottle opener, or as i have always called it a church key. It is also my first twist or any where near a scroll. Started out as just a piece of 3/8 key stock. 

Please tell me what you think and please dont hold back. Not pretty but functional. 

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We all start somewhere. Took me a bunch of tries to make a functional punched bottle opener. You know what you are looking at and the more you work with the steel the more you will improve. 

Atleast your first is functional :) 

hang onto it so you can look back and see how you have improved. 

 

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Yes, as Das said, hang on to it and you'll see the improvement. Keep practising the twists and scrolls. 3/8 stock is a good size to practise with.

That looks like snow in the gutter.

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Still playing around with different handle twists. Here's one from today.

 

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Ausfire, that looks like beads on it. Really cool. 

Yes that is snow. Thats why i said finally able to get out. We had 2 weeks of single digits temps, and about 8 inches of snow. When finally got a little warmer got muddy. Now we are about 40 - 50 daily. I havent been able to heat the forge up in over a month. 

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Thanks Das, and BB. That twist has a nice feel to it. Might do some more like that. We are up to about twenty different twists now. I'm pretty sure they've all been done before (nothing new), but still on the lookout for other ideas.

As for that snow, it would be interesting forging in temperatures that low. I've never seen snow in the gutters but I've seen bitumen melt. Exactly opposite to conditions in my forge!

 

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