Last weekend I took a blacksmithing for jewelers workshop. I learned a lot about different kinds of steel and the properties of steel. I had no idea there were so many kinds! I also learned a bit about forging. I can see myself learning more about blacksmithing sometime but right now, I'll be thinking of ways to apply what I've learned to jewelry.
Here's what I managed to accomplish. Sadly, it in no way reprsents how difficult this class was. The pencil provides perspective on the size.
Here's photos from the studio and of the instructor, Paul Casey, doing demo's.
This first is of the forge. The instructor built this the day before the workshop began. He's extraordinarily talented.
Here Paul is forging mild steel to a point.
Next he's cutting the point from the rod.
He went on to attach it to a flat bar as a rivet of sorts. Unfortunately all of the photos I took of it are blurry.
He went on to create another point that he forged into a leaf shape with this guillotine tool he created. Unfortunately I didn't photograph it.
Paul created or altered all of the tools we used in the class. Tomorrow I'll share photos of them.