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Excerpt from
Issue #195 April 2007

This ornament begins as ¼”x ¾” bar stock forged to a long taper. The taper is cut into progressively longer sections and their corners are drawn out. The segments are then bent into a four-sided spiral. It can be used as a finial, rosette or variety of other applications.

Sketches and models in iron serve to test artistic ideas and expressions. Spending time to take a two-dimensional idea to three dimensions during the design process is often helpful. They don’t necessarily have to be done well to serve their purpose and they almost always suggest ways to improve the idea. In this example three blacksmithing techniques are used to make the “sketch”.