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new comission [Mar. 13th, 2003|12:11 am]
Doug Ayen
Went to a local SCA "japan night" a couple of nights ago, brought along a couple of the tantos I'm trying to finish up. One of the more knowlegeable people there really liked them, asked if he could commission a blade.

I also decided that I'm not as happy as I could be with some recent bronze castings, so I ran up a new batch of casting bronze today, using virgin materials. The last castings had some pinhole bubbles in it, probably hydrogen bubbles from atmospheric moisture. We'll see if this comes out better. If it does, then I'll probably just toss the old sprues and ingots I've got in the bronze scrap bin; if this has bubbles as well, it's time to hit the books and see what it is that I'm doing wrong. It could just be weather, it could be that I'm not superheating the material enough, maybe it's the flux . . . we'll see.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2003-03-12 10:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Congratulations on the commission, that's really awesome. And it sounds like it means more coming from who it came from , rather than some random person saying "oh, that's pretty," too.

I really enjoy reading your detailed descriptions of your process. It's endlessly fascinating to me. Thanks.

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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2003-03-13 03:03 pm (UTC)
What's even better is that he is part of a couple of local kendo/tamashigiri groups, so I could get quite a few commissions out of this if his clubs like my work.

Thanks for reading, I feel that a lot of people are still playing the "it was hard for me to figure out, it should be hard for you to figure out as well" game, and I'd rather people learn from my trials and tribulations.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: perspicuity
2003-03-12 10:33 pm (UTC)
well, instead of tossing it, perhaps you could make some kind
of sculpture from it via a mold of something else (lost wax?)
and show it at a convention and sell it :> pin holes be damned,
it's part of the ... effect. yeah :)
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2003-03-13 03:10 pm (UTC)
Looks like I've got about, oh, 20 lbs of assorted scrap bronze. Now, what would be easy to cast that I could make with that. Any suggestions?

Wish I was mor eof a sculptor/artist, I'm more of a machinist with pretensions of art.

--doug
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[User Picture]From: perspicuity
2003-03-14 02:38 pm (UTC)
well, i know a REAL sculpter (who will be at lunacon; if you're
there, i'll introduce you to her)...

but in the mean time, you could make something out of the
approrpriate wax - anything at all that amuses you, or fascinates
you ... and give it a go. i assume you can remelt if the process
goes awry?

now, when you made the sickles, how did you make the molds for
those? lost wax? other process?

some ideas: perhaps a godilla doorstop? :> or perhaps something
more close to your craft... replica of japanese objects de art...
hmmm, how about sash weights (netsuke), or fruit, or carp :>

you carve, you grind, surely, you can sculpt nature :)
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From: cathoris
2003-03-21 03:00 pm (UTC)
You carve, you grind .. I've seen that you can do curves rather nicely :)

If you can't think of anything else, bronze, shaped handles from nature for some of your knives ;) (Koi handle ?)

(Heck, as I start back up with Jewelrymaking/metalsmithing.. I can think of half of dozen things - and that's combining things with woodworking).
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