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Make Mini Swords out of nails!

This is a fun, easy and fast little tutorial. I can't claim credit for the idea though. A web visitor sent me a picture of this project and I decided I just had to make some of my own.

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The key to this project is starting with the right nails. These are called Duplex nails because they have two head. I ordered this exact box from 16D Duplex Nail with Brite Shank, Double-Head, 5 Pounds

You can also usually get them at Home Depot or Lowes. The size I use are 16. You can get other sizes and the bigger the number the larger the nails so 20's are bigger and 14's are smaller.


I used the forge for this but you probably can do this with a torch. Be safe and follow all the applicable safety rules though.


It is really just a matter of heating the nail and then hammering it flat. I did notice a few things though. Using a different weight hammer made a big difference in how it is manipulated. A one pound hammer is good for detail but the nail cools awfully fast! So, the three pound hammer is great for getting it quickly into shape. Hammer the heads of the nail too. That forms the pommel and the guard of the sword.








And don't forget about curved swords. They are easily formed on the horn of the anvil. Flatten the sword out first on the flat of the anvil then curve it on the horn. Reheat it if necessary.







Here are some of the nail swords.












I actually made a whole bunch of these tiny swords then made a mini throne from the Game of Thrones. You can see that tutorial here.

Mini Throne




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