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This is Copper plate Tsuba (sword guard) with hammer raised rim. Decorated with an Iris in Shishiaibori style ( Carved below the surface of the plate). I gave it a dark silver grey patina with an antiqueing formula from RMS. It is still a work in progress, but I thought I would color it to see how it was going. The engraving was done using my GRS Graver max with 4 hand ground Gravers I made for this carving. After the rough carving I came back with a scraper and some planishing punches. Finally I finished with my Mikake-baki brush and 600mesh silicon carbide paste. A tip that Jim Kelso illustrates in his tutorial. I can't believe how nice this polishing technique works. It takes out the scratches yet still leaves the finest details intact. Thanks for helping with that one Jim I am really pleased with the results. There is a matching Fuchi and kashira, but I need the sun before I waste anymore time on photos and its raining hehe :)

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Wow, that is a beautiful set. Are they for sale?

 

One other question, how did you get the photos to show in the post full size and not just a thumbnail. I have yet to be able to figure that out on either forum.

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Wow, that is a beautiful set. Are they for sale?

 

One other question, how did you get the photos to show in the post full size and not just a thumbnail. I have yet to be able to figure that out on either forum.

 

Thanks Don. They will be for sale soon I need abit extra to cover my taxes this year:(

For the picture I hosted the images on my own webspace and used the IMG button to link them to the post.

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That's lovely work Patrick. I'm curious how you raised the rim. Can you describe that?

 

Thanks Jim.

First I crossrolled the Copper plate in a hand mill to get it nice and stiff. I grind the profile slightly oversize and square the edge. I beveled both sides so the edge was three equal sized facets. Then I mounted it in a vise between 3/8ths inch leather pads. I hammer the rim striaght on untill it is raised where I want it. I make minor adjustments leaning the hammer slightly one way or another.

For the Fuchi and Kashira I just dug in a square graver. I feathered it out and followed that with a fine line to accent the transition.

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