Gayle Brooks Posted February 13, 2010 Share Posted February 13, 2010 The topic name is the job name in the studio. We are building 2 chandeliers for this client. The one I will be sharing is the larger one. It had 3 rings to it. The largest, bottom ring is 5 feet in diameter. Since this chandelier is a focal point, I figured it would be important where the points of focus would be. That way if I had a lamp that was not a pretty as the others, there would be a place to put it with little to no distraction. So there are 15 lamps in total. In which I numbered them and will use this reference for assembly. Currently it is me and our apprentice making this. I was handed a sample of what the lamps on the chandelier will look like. We had the apprentice make the rings, I started on the bars with the forged tabs on the end. These bars are 1/2" x 9 1/2" long. I was to upset each end 1/2." When we start mass producing these parts, kind of get in a production run. I used a torch and a swage block that had a 1" concave shape on it. I was aiming to get it up set and the first initial flatten in 3 heats and keep it under 5 min. I notice while I was forging these, the swage was bouncing around and alot of energy was being transferred in that motion, and not the steel. So a quick bungie to tie it down. That saved me one heat and got it down to 3 min. Minutes saved like this are great because they add up so quickly. The 3 pieces to the right of the center punch are the steps to get to the button shape. Next was using the press, I'll get some pics of this next week. But in a nut shell I had a block setup with a 1/4" shoulder on it and squished the mass I upset to get a nice little button. and the jig to find center for my holes. There is a hole on the back that you cant see, I used a transfer punch to index them. and then assembly! Ill let this pic do the talkin Thanks for reading! Ill post more soon. -Rory Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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