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I don't have access to a place to work right now but I don't want to do nothing.

 

I heard somewhere that hot iron was a little bit like stiff clay and a great way to practice would be to take a hammer to clay to get a feel of how to move the iron around. Is this true? If so, what sort of clay would you use?

 

Thanks in advance for your replies!

 

-noob

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an oil based clay. Soft works best. Less time to warm it up. Yes it works like hot iron only less ooomf needed to move it. Use the same tools you would use on the hot iron. Great way to work out what and how your going to do it. I always try to push the use of clay. I find it has helped me out a lot in understanding how and what is going on with the hot metal without so much time of all the heats. Plus I can sit infront of the tv with my small anvil and hammers and make tongs, dividers, hooks, and stuff.

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Clay is also a great way to experiment with pattern welding. Make up strips of black and white play-doh and fold, stack, twist, "grind," as you would a billet. As long as you don't go too high on the layer count, it works great.

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You can always forge outside, unless you live in a house to house neighborhood. There is always a way around a problem.

 

Yeah, I am renting in a cookie cutter HOA ruled massive subdivision. Our lot is only 14000 sq/ft most of which has house on it.

 

Dave, I was thinking the exact same thing!

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Now, once you move on to blade steels, to get a simile for, say, 5160, imagine you're hammering something which believes in hitting back...

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Aww man, HOA ruins all the good fun! Well any kind of fun.. but if you wanna use clay you could always let it sit out for a day, and if you wanna simulate a burned steel, let it sit longer. :lol: 5160 isn't too bad, compared to 9260 or D2.. never again will I forge D2.. <_<

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