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Door knockers from railroad spikes and horseshoes. Three marlin-spikes for old schoolmate and all kind of objects for local customer who bringed me a pile of farmyard scraps in last fall. She wanted that i turn bunch of rusty toolheads to something useful for their family and I also restored those old shears for them.

Dual candleholder is made from tool what was originally attached to long wooden shaft and people used it for lifting phone poles up back in the days. I used also some snaffle bit parts for decoration and made simple cloak pins from the snaffle rings. Wall racks are forged from old pitchforks and i used also one ten spiked version for that most complex candelabra.
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No huuh toi viishaarainen kynttelikkö on siisti!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Juu.. Romuista löytynyt vanha sokerijuurikastalikko sai siinä arvoisensa eläkepaikan. :)
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Waldgeist86 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Awesome work! If you dont mind my asking what sort of finish do you use? I like the matte black is it paint?
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments. Those doorknockers are dipped in pine tar when they are hot. (Old traditional way to weatherproof forged objects in Finland) and all the bigger objects are painted with matt black spray paint or matt lacquer spray, because they don't fit to my tar bucket. Maston is my favorite spray paint maker.
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Waldgeist86 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Thank you very much for the info! Im always interested in learning new things and improving upon my current methods. Right now I use bees wax mixed with vegetable oil and I like the way it works, but its a little too shiny and im looking for something matte in appearance besides paint... Anyway i appreciate this and Ill give it a try soon!
I really admire your work and best of luck to you in all your future projects!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice to hear it. I have also seen some blacksmiths using bees wax and oil mixes. (Mainly with linseed oil..) Renaissance wax is also quite nice stuff for coating metal works, but it's quite expensive for my own taste.
I remember one blacksmith fair from 4-5 years ago, where was one about 60-70 years old colleague who used his own special recipe what contains mostly varnish and tar. That mix gives the objects quite nice looking dark brown finish and I maybe try to also test that in some day if i get bored playing only with gray and black tones.

If you want to test that oldschool tar dunking method, don't heat the pieces too much before the tar treatment. Small red tint is enough and when you have submerged the piece in few times and it's start to cool down a little bit, use some old towels for wiping extra tar off, because undiluted tar gives easily too thick and lumpy surface if you don't clean the object before final cool down.
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Waldgeist86 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Thats an interesting mixture you mention there! Ill have to really get into experimenting with things of this nature. I think the finish is a very important part to say the lease!
Ive read a few times about people mixing in graphite powder also to give a really true black colour to the metal...

I appreciate the tips on the tar and Ill definitely keep them in mind, I think perhaps this weekend Ill see about picking some up if I can find it.

:-)
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Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice. The candleholder looks like a man-catcher polearm, or Japanese Sasumata, which was used to capture prisoners, and also *to raise ladders* in firefighting. It looks rather nice.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice remark. I also have seen some images from japanese man-catchers. A lot of small painfull looking spikes in some of them.
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Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The spikes were mainly just there to prevent people from grabbing the pole. Mainly. They do look painful; I wouldn't want whacked with one.
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