Beauty With Your Own Hands

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Here is how at low cost you can do a beautiful thing. What we need: skillful hands, a hammer, an anvil, a furnace and a couple of iron pieces.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

This master class is accessible even for a beginner.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

We gonna make a beautiful candlestick in the shape of a leaf and a flower. We have to cut off a workpiece and turn it.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The workpiece is heated and put between two moulds (one is salient, another one is hollow) and hammered under the press.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Then a stem is to be welded on to it.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

While it’s red-hot we need to make a needed shape.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The flower is forged out of a crow … or a big blank. With help of two round hones we make it thinner some centimetres from the end of the stem.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Making a thin stem for the flower

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The remaining thick part on the end is formed into an oval.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

We should get such a “Chupa Chups”

Beauty With Your Own Hands

A powerful air press may forge the metal to a plate 2 mm thick. We need even thinner. We put the workpiece in the furnace and go back to the leaf.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Let this part of the operation be called “Taming a dragon”.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The stem is heated, clutched and twisted.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Trying hard to make a good shape.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Bend, stretch, hammer…

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The result, let it cool down

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The workpiece of the flower is flattened, it must be a bit thicker than 1 mm.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Beauty With Your Own Hands

A pencil-like pistil is welded on

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Carefully roll it up

Beauty With Your Own Hands

It’s important not to flatten it, cause it is fixed hard

Beauty With Your Own Hands

The most difficult part is over. Making a plate for wax. It will be fixed on the dragon’s tail.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Joining the elements

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Some corrections, a bit of welding

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Almost ready candlestick

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Making final shape

Beauty With Your Own Hands

First test

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Final gloss. Working with a grinder or a special brush.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Painting and priming

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Yury applies green, gold, silver layers with patina at the final stage.

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Beauty With Your Own Hands

Ready!

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4 thoughts on “Beauty With Your Own Hands”

  1. Low cost, once you’ve bought a forge.

    It does look fantastic though, and he uses the same work gloves I used to about ten years ago.

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