Wednesday, 7 September 2011
First efforts in punched decoration
Above, L to R: Chisel, nail holder, triangle, nail set (circle with dot inside), small diamond, 1/4 circle section, flat diamond (slightly crooked), and (slightly uneven) dome section.
I also found that when doing decoration, it was much easier to use the 8oz ball pein hammer than the club hammer (2-3 lbs I think?). This is pretty much the opposite of how I felt when chiseling and punching, which seems a bit odd - the amount of force used is not all THAT different... or is it? It might have just been the difference in my work posture -- I had a much better arrangement at the cottage than I do in my apartment. Since I also used completely different backings (wet log for punching, anvil for decorating) it's hard for me to say without doing a side-by-side comparison.
I've also been working on my tunic a little bit -- it might be a bit too long, though. I'll post a picture once I finish hand-sewing up the last side. I've been pondering whether I should buy a sewing machine, but it would probably be a few hundred dollars to get a decent one and I'm not certain how much I would use it... although I do have a number of things lying around which could benefit from a nearby sewing machine. Hrm...