Metalwork

Forging Dragon Scales

Forging Dragon Scales

Russian YouTube channel Creative Forging shows off a neat technique for creating an awesome dragon scale patterned handle from a solid bar of steel. The trick involves making a series of 45º cuts into the metal, then heating it in a furnace and twisting it while still pliable.

Making a Damascus Chisel

Making a Damascus Chisel

For this project, metalsmith Shurap created a gigantic chisel using numerous layers of steel. The oversized tool is designed for woodworking, but is so beautiful that it could just be a work of art on a stand. Watch how the intricately-carved handle was made here.

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Forging a Tiny Axe

Forging a Tiny Axe

Not only is this teensy axe that blacksmith Paul Pinto made adorable, he upped the challenge of creating it by using a miniature anvil and hammer he previously made. The only problem with the video is the sped up drilling sound reminds us of the dentist too much.

How to Make a Helmet

How to Make a Helmet

While the metal helmets worn by soldiers in ancient times weren’t exactly cushioned like today’s foam-filled models, they did save lots of heads. In this clip from metalsmith Andrey Yumanov, he takes us through the process of heating, forming, and finishing sheet metal to form one of those old-style military helmets.

Forging Damascus Pliers

Forging Damascus Pliers

The beautiful patterns of damascus steel make for some of our favorite tools and knives, and the thicker the tool, the more dramatic the look. In this clip from metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, watch as he welds together, forges, and twists multiple layers of steel to create a truly special pair of pliers.

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Industrial Studio’s build video features the construction of a stand for his workshop’s anvil, and shows off one of the more satisfying methods of joining together steel – using molten hot rivets and an industrial press to smush them into place.

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Making Damascus from Bike Tires

Did you know that many bike tires contain a metal wire to form their bead? Metalsmith shurap decided to see if he could extract the steel from eight old tires and melt it down to form it into a damascus steel blade. We don’t quite understand the use of the pepper in the process though.

Making the Dragon Twist

Making the Dragon Twist

Mt Phillip Metal Works shows off an amazing method for turning a bar of metal into an intricate and sculptural decoration inspired by the scaly tail of a dragon. The technique was inspired by the work of fellow metalsmith Matt Harris.

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Metalsmith Miller Knives is at it again, this time digging into his bin of hardware to create a teensy version of a Japanese Kunai throwing knife from a stainless steel bolt. It might not be the most effective weapon at this size, but it still is pretty stabby.

Making a Ring from Hardware

Making a Ring from Hardware

Jewelry artist Pablo Cimadevila shows how a pair of ordinary brass hex nuts can be transformed into an elegant diamond ring. Of course, the 1 carat diamond added significantly to the cost, but the ring itself was all about time, talent, and effort.

Making a Mini Mjölnir

Making a Mini Mjölnir

DiesInEveryFilm Customs‘ latest build is pretty nifty. He crafted a teensy version of Thor’s mighty hammer using a layered, damascus-style steel head. He got the idea from fellow artist Brandon Hyner, who makes mini Mjölnir pendants.

Casting a Sword from Pennies

Casting a Sword from Pennies

How to Make Everything decided to how many U.S. one cent coins it would take to make a copper sword. He first had to separate older and newer pennies to get the ones that are mostly copper, then set about the task. We’d love to see the blade patina over time.

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Among his many projects, maker M.N. Projects likes to take old bits of metal and transform them into shiny new objects. Here, he takes the sleeve from a large bearing, cuts out a section, flattens it, and sharpens it into a tomahawk.

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Dollar Bell, Y’all

Dollar Bell, Y’all

Change You Can Wear takes a momentary break from from crafting cool rings out of coins to transform a pair of U.S. half dollar coins into a tiny bell. It’s not exactly a useful thing, but it is a pretty nifty conversation piece.

Forging Mokume Gane

Forging Mokume Gane

Translating to “wood-grained metal,” Mokume Gane is an 17th century Japanese metalsmithing technique that fuses layers of nickel silver, copper (and sometimes brass) to create damascus-like patterns. Alec Steele shows off one of the ways to achieve the slick effect.

Bolt into Mini Tomahawk

Bolt into Mini Tomahawk

Miller Knives shows us how to take an ordinary stainless steel bolt and transform it into a nifty little tomahawk. It’s a time-consuming process to flatten out the heated hardware, but once it’s squashed, it’s just a matter of cutting and finishing the piece into the right shape.

Casting a Hammer

Casting a Hammer

Fabricator Brian Oltrogge walks us thorough a truly modern process for casting a custom hammer. He used a 3D printer to generate patterns, hand-sanded and smoothed the parts, then used them to make sand molds for its aluminum handle and lead head.

Can You Forge Solid Gold?

Can You Forge Solid Gold?

To celebrate his 1 millionth YouTube subscriber, metalsmith Alec Steele went out and spent over $4500 on a 100 gram solid gold bar. He then set about the task of seeing if he could apply his forging skills to the notoriously soft metal. We wonder how many dollars he left on his anvil.

Drill Bit to Karambit

Drill Bit to Karambit

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the many knifemaking videos we’ve seen, it’s that metal is highly recyclable. Miller Knives provides further evidence of this by transforming a rusty hammerdrill bit into a beautiful and unique new karambit-style curved blade. That Vikings ad was totally random though.

Making a Knife from Steel Cable

Making a Knife from Steel Cable

After showing us how to damascus steel using a bunch of melted down steel washers, metalsmith Shurap is back with another cool upcycling video, as he takes a few sections of braided steel cable, heats them up, and works them into a sweet looking blade.

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Dragon Egg and Direwolf

Dragon Egg and Direwolf

Given where the Starks and Targaryens are headed on Game of Thrones, we thought it would be appropriate to share this duo of “making of” videos from Rextorn Metalwork, as they show how they handcrafted one of Dany’s dragon eggs, and the Stark’s direwolf sigil.

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