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Issue #169 February 2005


All the items in this issue are made from x 2 flat stock. The technique centers around splitting (or sawing) the stock, drawing out a stem, then opening the split portions to be forged into decorative shapes. The resulting elements can be used as finials, floral elements or as fill for a specific design. All the stems are forged to 3/8 square for welding to square stock. They can also be upset sufficiently for welding to 1/2 stock.

This element starts with sawing into the stock from the side to make a comb-like pattern that is then fanned out to make six leaves. These leaves are then rolled up to make a bud shape.

The last element also starts with a comb-like pattern, but also includes a scroll on the end.