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Small forgings are fun but can be challenging, wizard head forged from 1/4" square stock. Short time frames to work the steel due to small size but doable. Also smaller punches needed are/can be challenging to make. The eye punch was pretty small.

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11 hours ago, Donnie said:

squish weld

 

9 hours ago, ThomasPowers said:

For small items that would cool below welding heat just going to an anvil you can usually get a weld squishing them with a pair of warm/hot tongs in the fire---a cave fire is easier to work with for this as you can imagine.

Never thought about that. Thank you.

 

Willy

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Reminds me of the time I tried to make a silver dollar sized anvil, with a forge welded waist. I eventually gave up on trying to keep up with both tiny pieces in the coal forge. Don't you hate it when It eludes your tongs, and makes it all the way to the bottom of the firepot?!!

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I hate it! I try to avoid tongs as long as possible.
At a meeting someone could not believe that I made those small snails with my standard hammer. so I demoed one. Nearly ready I cut of the head of the snail. The iron was to cold/the hammer blow to heavy. so the snail left the anvil. The fastest snail i've ever seen! Try to find that small piece of iron in an area of loose gravel. No chance.

Willy 

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