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One customer asked cross shaped pendants about two weeks before christmas, so i made ten different iron crosses to choose from..
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keithcatdragon|Hobbyist General Artist
How exactly did you make the ones with the flared out ends? I must know XD I just got some stainless and i absolutely /must/ make a  few of thesse!
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AstaloEdited |Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding this set to your favourites.
It's too difficult to explain whole making process in English, because i don't know right technical terms even in my own language. My metal works are usually weird mix of forging, grinding, machining and not just only traditional blacksmith methods.

Making flared ends is quite basic blacksmith stuff, because when you forge some steel rod thinner from the ends they also get wider and make that kind of shapes. Only more difficult part for making pendants like these is the middle joint. (For example the rings are made from solid steel rod with lathe, because open rings can't take that stress when you put all the parts together and flatten the jointed structure with hammer.)
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bethyeehah's avatar
i love the primitive feel of this work :) lovely
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Gadgetsmith|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Neat!

Were these tedious to make? They kinda look like they might be. That could just be because I'm not a blacksmith, though.
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Astalo|Professional Artisan Crafter
This design was actually quite fast and easy to make, because of that simple structure. You don't also need to polish all the surfaces like in typical silver or steampunk pendants so it makes the work more fun.

For example simple wall hooks or traditional forged nails are usually a lot more tedious, because i have made so many them over the years.. :P
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GRIFFIN-HAWKS|Professional General Artist
Just perfect !
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Astalo|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding this set to your favourites.
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Tetravexitus|Student Artisan Crafter
brilliant man
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Astalo|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for faving them. :thumbsup:
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I love how each one has a feel of genuine work to it. These are clearly not mass produced or anything cheaply made.
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Astalo|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments and fave. I always try make some small differences to the pieces if i have to make many same themed pendants at once.
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Kyuunu|Student General Artist
Awesome pieces Astalo! Keep up the good work sir! :D
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Astalo|Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it and thanks also for the fave. :thumbsup:
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Kyuunu|Student General Artist
You are welcome honest smith. :)
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Gep65|Student Digital Artist
Man long time no see man...but awesome crosses...;D
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Astalo|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for adding also this and my new silver rings to your favourites.
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Gep65|Student Digital Artist
nothing to thank for...
thanks for sharing your awesome pieces...:)
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