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Forging a Leaf key-ring Blacksmithing

Daniel Johnson ForgeWorks

Forging a Leaf key-ring Blacksmithing

Daniel Johnson ForgeWorks

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8 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Demo Forging

    • 3. Forging tempreatures

    • 4. First taper and leaf isolation

    • 5. Forging the leaf

    • 6. Cutting

    • 7. Tapering the tail

    • 8. Scrolling the tail and finishing

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About This Class

In this class you will be taught the basics of blacksmithing and take you through the steps of creating your first forged item - a leaf keyring

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Forgeworks is a blacksmithing company that is opening up blacksmithing to the wider field and teaching the craft to those who are interested.


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1. Intro : Hi. I'm gonna I'm a blacksmith. And today I'll be showing you how to make a four leaf hearing. And it's foolishly of hearing will show you the basics or fortune Riches. How to move material for hot Ford truck. Um, tapering. So bringing material to a point on a beginning off off scrollwork. So learning how to bend metal into a particular curve at the end of this lesson, you should have at least a basic understanding off blacksmithing material movement along with temperature control. Andi Temper temperature colors on. You should hopefully have a nice little leaf keeping. Thank you for joining me on this lesson. I hope you enjoy a word on safety with blacksmithing. There are inherent dangers as you'll be working with fire, so therefore, you must not wear any flammable closing jeans and a costume shirt. Ah, the best type of closing for for protection against sparks and fire Andi, you must always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes and still took at boots Or, at the very least, leather boots, which cover up to your ankles and trousers that go over the top of him as it will stop anything from falling down into your shoe on this table, from right to left, you can see a leather apron, pair of safety glasses, pair of heavy level gloves, a ball peen hammer weighing £2.5 a pair of tongues. The essential tools for this lesson. Ah, safety glasses and the ball peen hammer. If you use a longer piece material, then you don't need the tongues as the heat wouldn't reach your hand. But if you're using a longer piece of material and you're holding onto my hand and the gloves are advised to help you stop from Guinea burns. 2. Demo Forging : so here. Actually, the basics are forging. But with pizza would we're gonna for taper on our demonstrate by hitting on one side, flipping 90 and his in the next side in continuing. This gives us a nice even tape it. By going back and forth between these two sides, you can bounce the hammer off the ankle to keep your moment. I don't afford to taper. You lift your hand that's holding the material up to a more aggressive angle. Andi vice versa. Your hammer and hit to a point. Here we do the exact same original wood, but with the message here, I'm just cleaning up with their wire brush. You can use the wire brushes you get from hardware stores useful or you see now is getting to a darker cherry color. You hit it, lights a on a faster to try and get a smoother finish. He never got a nice, perfect square forced on the end of it. No one to try and isolate the very end of it. Well, afford it into a tape by bringing it up on aggressive angle and bring your hammer down. Similar angle forces it to a point as it gets more form to bring it to the edge of the anvil and continue. It's a light finishing blows as it cools down. 3. Forging tempreatures : you know the tongues. We have a bit of mild steel. It's black. No heat whatsoever. Um, so it's not good for fortunate. The hammer can be held in many different ways, the best way to for general fortunes to hold in the middle of a loose grip. You'll see that then can bounce off the anvil, returning energy to your next hit so you don't have to pick up a hammer every single time you wish to do a strike on metal. Here, the mess. Who is bright cherry? This is better for forging on on a finishing level, as the energy put into for Internet won't move the material as much but could give a nicer finished detaining. So you want to use light attacks on hold the hammer closer to the head. This is the ideal temperature foraging. As you can see, it's bright yellow. You got a nice long heat, which means you've got a good area for fortune. You can put in a lot more power behind your blows and get a lot more material movement out for there. I'm showing you the effects or burning the message so you can see in this video unfortunate , but in the file there is sparks flying up out of five. You will see in a second. Here it is. So at this point is indicated that you burned the nestle too far on you can see on the armful bits of it falling off. This is pretty much no good. 4. First taper and leaf isolation : come out, Start with the actual stock used for and you want to start with the forging of the point at the end tape. Take your time. Keep the angles high to keep in the short taper on a very end of that now in a forge in isolation which would later be forged into belief, we do this by setting about a centimeter and 1/2 of the edge of the animal raising your hand, Holmes the material, uh, on forging the end of leave down, causing a shoulder to be formed within the material. And again we just rotates 90 degrees to cause it to square, and we're effectively creating another tater. Within this bar, you can see the end of leaf is about one of the heart cents meters long on the neck. Forced down behind it is about half the material fitness. So we're just gonna work on that neck just to bring it down a little bit more. Half you will come from, so I want to do next is take off the corners. That's the sharp edges within the leaf itself. This will just give him all around Italy for the end. His hard, light, gentle tap. Just take the 5. Forging the leaf: So what we're gonna do next is forge out. We're gonna flatten it down with a hammer on that taper being flattened down will give the leaf shape. We're gonna come in a slight angle to start off with to try and get rid of that a sharp corner so it doesnt overlap and called the fold. And as that corn disappears, you see the hammer outcomes flat down on top of it. IV aside, just a slight angle to pull out the material into more belief shape. You can use the edge of the anvil to help with moving the materials your hammock extend over the ground without hitting it on drawing up material to a thinner dimension. So who were going to try and swell out? Believe it more focusing on expanded. Partly, we used a ball peen of the hammer make straight hammer blows on each section of, and this will expand out into a more rounded shape. So we're gonna want to afford it down just a little bit more. Just pin it out. We put back in the fire. Always be careful, because at this point it's gonna get very hot very quickly. Don't burn the end up. If the packages of relief it's spiky courage brings the FGM toe trend to tap, just not close corners in on smooth all around and we're gonna do now is cut the tail off belief flipping around Hold it by the leaf on start forging out the end off that which will come to tail. 6. Cutting: So when it comes to cussing, most options here are some of them. It's a Hansel could be used just kind of mental. You just use it like any of us all. Or you could use an angle grinder with cut off this and just cut the end of the stock trail . Well, you can use a chisel. You can use the truth well made for Pacific blacksmithing, or you can use a breaking chisel. Most of them can be used for cutting material. In my case, I have a blacksmith's helper. I'll show you how to make a later courts, but essentially, it's a chisel held in place so I can use both my hands at the same time he was hit on top. I will cut through the material, depending on how long you want. It's hail. You wanna leave about up to to your centimeters 40. I'm gonna give it good tap dresser it smart. So when I heat up more, I know what's Augusta gonna be careful not to cut away through Andi. Shoot it straight across your workshop that you're hitting it hard. You're transferring energy into final cut over flying instead. Cut it most way for Use a pair of pliers just to bend it off. It would snap off. At this point, you wanna hold it by the leaf, so part your heating up is just the tail. You don't get any heat into deficits, Finn. And you want to make sure that neck courtroom between relief and hotel stays help. So when you put it in the fire, you want to put that end into the fire and get the heat in there. 7. Tapering the tail: What will happen if it is cold while you're fortunate will get bent battle for cause cracks and snap. Okay, Sematary, forge down that end of the tail drawn out to a nice length keeping it square We're now start fortunate into more of a taper. - It's never got the taper. You wanna focus on the edges off this taper? So the edges of the square, everyone, I start knocking these edges off to make it into around. Okay, so now we've not talked for the corners. Made it round. We wanna bring it over onto the horn and start forming the scroll. 8. Scrolling the tail and finishing : to start off. If you just want to push the tail over forward a little bit just to give it bit with stop. Once you got that, you then bring it back a little bit on the horn and start coming around the very tip. Just keep working around the tip of the horn and rotates it around and hit it towards yourself, knocking it close in closing up the gap between the end of the tail on the leaf. The nose use pair applies just a tweak the scroll as we work, we just want to give ended a tear. A little flick. You said you get a lot harder is it gets, uh, coda. And I just want to finish by. It's happening gently down on itself and that will close up again. I'm sure that when you have as a key ring, it doesn't fall off your keys. He's gonna get a quick brush up pretty much done now before you go and grab your hands. Make sure you quit your often a bucket water. They have it a finished forged leaf key ring. I hope you enjoy the class. Onda. Look forward to seeing you on my other classes.