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A simple ball swage/die

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All this talk about dies. this is something I made this week. This is for a sample I am working on for a high end builder. I turned the blank on my lathe out of cold rolled steel free hand. I casehardened it. I made the impression into two blocks of hot rolled steel wile they were hot and water quenched them to impart some hardness. I doubt I will ever make more than 20 pieces with this die hence the use of mild steel. The large ball is 3/4" and the small ball is 1/2" the stems are 3/8" round and are cleaned up in a swage. One end is tapered to make a flame element the other end is threaded to go into tapped hole between two scrolls.

First photo: die with master form from witch impression was made

Second photo: Finished piece with bronze leaves attached



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