Aram Posted September 12, 2011 Report Share Posted September 12, 2011 Hello, After I presented myself in that forum section, now I can post my first question. To those who didn't read my presentation, I kinda explain it again here but just in a few words: I'm a graphic designer and programmer and have being relatively new to a hobby I really love, making japanese swords. For all it takes, I had a very nice guidance from japanese people expert in swords and swordmaking. However I have a problem with the fittings as follows: a) The "normal" mounting of a katana for instance has at least two pieces that are commonly carved or engraved in silver, copper, brass, iron and even gold. B ) These fittings are commonly like "rings", with about 1cm height and 3 to 4cm diameter; they are oval instead round. c) The way I see from originals, except the iron pieces that seems to be forged, is that they are made in a straight or flat strip, then curved and soldered from the inside. d) In any case, these fittings sports a really nice carving or engraving, despite sometimes too simple --because the Zen thing I guess. So then comes my problem. I know how to do the pieces, I use copper from water and/or A/C piping, flat it to have a sheet, then cut the pieces, shape and solder them with tin. So far I have done about 6 pieces without hassles. However: a) I don't have a clue about how to carve the material to make the motiffs I would design B ) I don't have any tools I see in this forum and others, those chisels, scrappers, etc. In fact I will need to make them myself because we have no access to those, at all, here. c) More important: I don't have a clue where to start!!! So I need help, guidance...what I need as materials? Can I still use copper from pipes? What basic tools I need to have, can I do them myself? What are the basic basic carving techniques, should I pinch and push a "rod" against the metal, or should I pull it? Hope someone can let me know. I'm looking a way to expand my hobby which by the way is personal; I don't sell the blades despite sometimes I get the request. Cheers Aram p.s. by the way, I learned how to engrave the steel I use in my blades, using non toxic etching. The thing works nicely and quite fast (3~5 minutes) using water, table salt and a DC power supply. However for some reason it doesnt eat copper, so I can't use it for the fittings. This is an example of the fittings I see out there, I seriously want to learn how to do that! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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