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Smithing skill +10 (warning, lots of photos)

Post  runestyr on Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:31 am

I didn't play Skyrim this weekend, as I was working on my RL smithing skill. I needed a new belt, so I made one in the Norse Borre style, which was prevalent around 800-900 AD. It's a lot more work than banging on an anvil like in the game. I took the photos with my phone, so they're not perfect, but you can get the general workflow.

Sculpting the parts:


Packing the mold with sand:


Removing excess sand:


After adding the original piece (the pics of that didn't come out Sad ), packing the other side of the mold:


Finished mold for the buckle parts:


Oh wait, need to remove dross from the metal:


Ready to pour:


Cast piece coming out of the mold:


All buckle parts removed from sprue and ready for cleaning:


Filing off all the bits we don't want to keep. Getting the buckle parts to fit together is the hardest, so do it first:


Filing and polishing done:


Forming (i.e. bending/reshaping) the buckle hinge to hold the 2 parts together:


Assembling the belt separators with a similar technique:


Cutting leather straps (I have a strap cutter which would make this easier, but couldn't find it):


Joining the leather parts and metal parts via the cast-in rivets:


Finished belt (sorry the picture is so blurry):


Later, I'll cast some more of those hexagonal shapes as purely decorative mounts and add them along the length of the belt. Plus I have to make a matching pouch to carry my stuff around. So I'll have a chance to take some better photos.

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Post  DiGiTAL ZOMBiE on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:25 pm

Wow! that is amazing :] what a great skill to have cheers Do you have any more images of other work you have created?

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Post  DiGiTAL ZOMBiE on Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:02 pm

And how did you learn this amazing craft in the first place? Very Happy

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Post  runestyr on Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:57 am

I'm a medieval reenactor, getting back into it after some years away. Other stuff I have done:
http://www.willadsenfamily.org/sca/danr_as/danr_as.htm
Learning to do this stuff taught me things that help with modding -- mostly, to know what you want to finish with before you start, or you won't know when you're done.

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Post  Ultiman on Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:32 pm

That is awesome have you made any swords or knifes yet?

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Post  runestyr on Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:20 am

No swords or knives. Iron and steel working is a totally different skill set; my brother makes knives.

I did make some tools to use for carving bone and antler, but when it comes to working iron or steel, most tools are beginner level work.

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