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Make Sting from the Hobbit - Part 8: The ornamental work

In this part of the tutorial we finish off the sword completely by doing the ornamental work on the blade and on the handle. For the handle we use a foil tape and for the blade we use an enamel paint.

Part 1 of this tutorial (the beginning) is here




polish the handle


Ok, we are going to do the leaf work on the handle first. But, before we do that we should polish the handle up nicely. Several coats of Tung oil will do the job very well.







applying the foil tape


(applying the foil tape)

Once the Tung oil dries on the handle we can go ahead and apply the ornamental leaves around it. I am using aluminum tape for this. But, before I cut the aluminum tape to the leaf pattern I first did it with paper so I could get a good sense for how long it is, where the leaves go and how to wrap it so it looks good.





seal with white glue

(seal with white glue)

That foil tape is not going to stay on there for long so I sealed the whole handle over with a clear drying white glue. This will hold it in place nicely.





draw the pattern in pencil


(draw the pattern in pencil)

Now I drew out the pattern and wrote the words on the blade all in pencil.






Paint in enamel

(Paint in enamel)

And then painted it over with enamel paint. Once the paint is dry you can use an eraser to erase any of the pencil lines.








The completed sword



REbar knifeForge a Rebar Knife

Rebar is a cheap and readily available material. It is easy to forge and in this tutorial I show you how to make a knife with it. I also show you some new techniques like how to bend the steel into curves. Make a Rebar Knife


Railroad spike hatchetForge a Railroad Spike Throwing hatchet

Fun and easy little project and I show you a technique that all blacksmiths use but very few talk about. How to forge a railroad spike hatchet/throwing axe.



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