Jewellery and bujutsu?


This blog is about two important parts of my life: martial arts (under the Dentokan umbrella) and making jewellery.

Please join in - there'll be ponderings on processes, and pictures of processes (maybe not in my gi, though...) but in both jewells and bujutsu I've got sooo much to learn, and waffle on about.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Tippety tap - an elfin anvil

My Da gave me his father's steel block so I'd have a solid base for my hammering activities. Here it is, pictured with my bettered (hammered on my new block) Daisy earrings. It has gorgeous colour ... and surface texture. It's the size of a brick, reassuringly weighty and, now, retired.

I've started working with fine silver wire, because I reckon I'm pretty much good enough to, and need a sleek, smooth and respectable surface. A week ago my new, drop forged, case hardened (uhuh) anvil arrived. Right at the bottom of the ~20x20cm box and hidden by about five foam peanuts.

What a tiny piece of kit. OK, I bought it from tinytools (good, quick delivery), but this wee thing nestles in my hand, and is hard to spot on my desk. However, I speak up for tiny things (from down here, at five feet three two and a half), when i say, friends, it does the job. Perfectly. Lovely wee thing. Here it is, with Da's old hammer (also once his dad's) and my polite and new hammer, for dainty whackery


Look - I also made the whole of this 20inch necklace on it. Great textured surface, and no health and safety issues when lifting.

1 comment:

averilpam said...

what a lovely little anvil, and at 5 foot and half an inch I agree with you, small is perfect!

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