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Copper Cuff 2 by CuSmith Copper Cuff 2 by CuSmith
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Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's definitely made for a man/warrior but the texture you chose looks quite stunning!:wow:
It reminds me of stone... I think that a dwarf would probably wear that when he goes to battle ;)
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Thank you, I appreciate that. I do plan on making a lot more of these at some point, probably a few more like this but many other designs are in the works :D
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Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I'm sure your other designs will look just as good or probably even better than this one. Happy Holidays!:xmas:
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
You are living my dream :cry: ....I want to be a talented blacksmither :( but do not know from where to start ....how did u learn the craft friend ? :)
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Well, I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where there are lots of small shops and craft centers that offer weekend classes for basic forging and other metalwork skills. I don't know if they have that sort of thing in Romania, it's worth a look if you're interested.
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Oh :( we lack of this profession in europe....it starts to become a dead craft :(... that is why I am looking forward on learning the trade, to keep the fire alive ...
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Nymla Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is sort of awesome! :D
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Hehe, only sort of? :(

Thanks!
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Nymla Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw noooes, didnt mean it like that! It _really_ is awesome ;)
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:iconcusmith:
CuSmith Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Haha, yeahhh! Thanks, I've been meaning to make more like it, I think it's about time I got serious about it.
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Nymla Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes you should! I think they would be very popular :)
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PieroStuff Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's beautiful! How did you manage to create that pattern? Did you use a mold? 
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thank you, it was all done freehand with punches and little tools that push the metal around. All I did was draw on the surface of a flat sheet to create the pattern I wanted and then the rest is just a matter of working the piece from both sides to get the desired depth / height.
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PieroStuff Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! Thanks for the explanation! ^^
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:iconcusmith:
CuSmith Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
You're welcome
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frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
That's really nice. Work like that totally justifies a strut around town.
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thanks, I try to reserve it for special events :D
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frederickbeaudoin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Don't blame you... I feel the same about some of my more intricate work.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome hammering there.... what is that, raising and chasing? I'm rather impressed by all the crazy, sharp angles you got on it. If it wasn't so snug on your wrist I'd recommend leather lining it.
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
No real raising, per se, it was all done in the pitch pot. I find that the sharp angles come pretty naturally; when you define a shape with any corners and just work it so that you have a single plane that extends up from each one to a peak, it almost defines itself in a way. More than once I had a shape in mind and as I worked on it, and then the piece just kind of told me "nope, it's going to look like this now and by the way, this looks better than what you had in mind."
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
mmm yeah, figure you'd have to chase such sharp angles like that. I haven't actually hammered into pitch before. I've seen lots of terrific hammered relief done that way though.
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Yeah, it's tough to really describe well without a visual aid. Just something about the resistance of the metal itself when you work on either side of a peak allows you to get a really sharp looking edge.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure, sure, are you using a chisel like tool? to get the sharp creases?
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Strangely, no. The tool I use is almost the complete opposite of a chisel; it's called a planisher and it is essentially a flat face, almost like a hammer face. It's used on the outside of the piece and the way it tamps the metal down combined with the resistance of the material can create nice, sharp lines.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh I see! interesting.
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Obsidian-Sun Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is some amazing work!
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Thank you!
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Corrinthia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Writer
want to touch it @_@

Exquisite craftsmanship
Curious how you did the underside/buckle/clasp?
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Thank you very much!

The hinges and clasp are made essentially the same way; you take a piece of sheet metal and bend it around a wire cut from the same stock that the pin will be and then make little square cutouts that sit opposite the ones you do in the other half of the hinge.
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
wow, this looks so wonderful, all the different shades and details! You're super talented!
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Thanks, I actually had to do very little to the surface to get it to look that way; once copper gets red hot and worked a bit, it starts to look really nice.
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Wow, then the material is really good to work with! I'm curious, by the way, did you teach yourself how to do all this?
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Yeah, copper is super nice to work with, especially the thin stuff I have.

No, I learned how to do this by taking a weekend class at a craft center not far from where I was living at the time. I had a pretty basic idea of how the whole technique worked before I walked in, but never really had any firsthand experience with it.
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Vanillekeks Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Oh, interesting! I'll look into it if I can find something similar where I live, because I'm dead curious to learn more about crafting like that! Thanks for the info! ;D
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
You're welcome, good luck!
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hitodama Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool.
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thanks.
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orpheus-song Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want one!
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
All this and more can be yours for the low, low price of... well, I haven't done pricing on this one yet :P

This particular piece is my own, but I can do another like it, if you wish.
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orpheus-song Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome! But I have no money :P
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woodgolem72 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
bold, nice
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thank you
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woodgolem72 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
your welcome
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NecronSautekh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@@ AWESOME!!!!!
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thanks!
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work, I love it! Sorta like dragon skin :)
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:iconcusmith:
CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thanks, I appreciate that! And you just gave me a great idea for the next one ;)
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Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your welcome :)
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Mitchel-Jacobsen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Repousse?
It looks very nice :)
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CuSmith Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Yes indeed.
Thanks :D
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