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This is the first project I have shared here.

In my attempt to make something marketable and fun I finally found to projects to put together.

This is a "Russian Rose" and a Skull I forged from a RR Spike.

This is the first one I have ever done.

It might be the first one ever. I have never seen one before.

I'm glad to have the opportunity to share it.

Any feedback or methods of making it better is appreciated.

Thanks

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Thats a very ambitious project for one spike, good job! A little more drawing on the stem and when forging the eye sockets let the side bulge, it will show the check bone. 

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You are one twisted guy! Cool, death roses. Makes me await with great anticipation just what crazyness this gang will come up with next. Thanks, nice work. More pics please.

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Thanks, Frosty.

I'm thinking Rose, Skull, Cobra will be my next attempt.

Any suggestions I will take them.

I was also thinking about doing a wolf or panther head.

All of these are popular in Tattoo Designs.

My "Real Job" has been Tattooing for the last 25 years.

So I'm looking for another way to make stuff for the communicty.

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You did a wonderful job on this one! Fabulous skill and attention to detail! Your work is very inspiring! Stunning. 

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How about something steampunkish?

 

Cute critter faces from hollow knots?

 

Frosty The Lucky.

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IDK much about steam punk. 

I will have to do some research or I will look at any links posted.

I'm working on heads.

I'm trying to figure out how to do a bird skull.

Very hard.

I only know how to do a horse head and of course skulls.

I will keep trying and post them.

Thanks guys.

I appreciate it.

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So this is what I came up with for my next combination of images.

The cobra is pretty beat. The next one will be better. 
This was the first success and the thirds attempt. 
I also almost made a shark out of the point of a RR Spike but really struggled to do the fins.

Feedback is welcome.

Thanks for looking.

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If I had made that, the cobra inside of the forge would become my new tag. nice touch.

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I really like the cobra. Reminds me of an alan Dean Foster character Flinx and his mini drag Pip the flying venomous snake like critter.

 

Steam punk is modern technology dressed in turn of the last century Victorian style. The definitive and probably first steam punk novel is, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea." By Jules Verne. He may have written earlier works in the same genre but Twenty Thousand Leagues is credited as the first and one of the best ever. Lots of polished brass, wood and glass. Your computer can have as many moving parts as you'd like so long as they're visible, polished brass and chrome and it's steam powered.

 

The writing genre has some developing and maturing to do but it's coming along nicely.

 

Frosty the Lucky

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Me too. I sort of think of it like a mechanical version of Craftsman Architecture with exposed structural and mechanical elements. for instance a proper steampunk Chevy pickup would have the engine sticking out of the hood and the polished brass exhaust pipes ending in bells several feet over the driver's head.

 

Then there's the engine, visible pistons, exagerated and very visible valve trains. the carb would be an exuberant mmini refinery or injectors maybe big brass syringes with mechanical fingers working the plungers.

 

For now, I'm thinking maybe using brass rivets where I can get away with them. Maybe housewares, lamps, shelving and cookware seem pretty logical and within my grasp right now.

 

Frosty the Lucky

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Steam punk is modern technology dressed in turn of the last century Victorian style. 

 

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I've gtta save that for next time Steam punk comes up in another discussoin grop I hang on.

 

Thank you good sir, I tip my gear festooned bowler to you.

 

Frosty the Lucky

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always impressed with what people manage to rearrange rail spikes into!  loving the cobra version! but then again, im partial to reptiles anyway :)

 

if you want to check out more animal heads and good tutorials on how to forge them check out the book Iron Menagerie, by the Guild of Metalsmiths ok maybe not so much book...its a little spiral bound thing, but great pic's and step by step's to making a variety of animal heads and faces for use in whatever might happen to require some personality :)

http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Menagerie-Guild-Metalsmiths/dp/1931626294

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