Guest ford hallam Posted June 6, 2007 Report Share Posted June 6, 2007 Greetings all, the following is a very brief and rough guide to one approach to carving dragon scales in metal. There are other procedures that are traditionally followed but this is probably one of the most accessible. I put this together rather hurriedly at the request of someone who was keen to carve a dragon. He was able to replicate the method perfectly so I hope this works for you too. Big apologies to our admin for the obscenely large image files. These images were produced with very high definition and my image reducing program doesn't seem able to compress any smaller without becoming too "grainy" As soon as I've resolved this issue I'll replace the images, I promise Step 1 chisel the layout, in this case the lines are 4mm apart. Step 2 Using a triangular, flat punch work one corner down. Step 3 Using a curved punch, a bit like a blunt gouge, work the leading edge ( the opposite corner to the one you just worked down ) of the "scale" round. Only work on the tips at this stage. Step 4 Use a scraper to remove the sharp teeth you've raised and begin to generally round the forms a little bit. Step 5 Using a suitable tracing punch begin to define the shape of the scales. Step 6 Quite vigorous shaping with scrapers at this stage after trimming and cleaning up with a shishiai-bori chisel where needed. Step 7 scraped and defined with the use of various punches. A very close view, the scales are 4mm across. Naturally this was a very hurried and rough demonstration but you can take your time and achieve much cleaner results. For this exercise I marked the initial lines out to create little squares and a very regular pattern. You can lay your lines out to create a graduation in size and by curving the line introduce a great deal of movement, which you expect on a writhing dragon. Certainly all those I've seen were quite vital and sinuous. Namaste, Ford Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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