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Dave Stephens

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And now it's shiny.  

Polished for carving and etching. It won't be this chromed out at the end. Patina on the bronze, etc. 

The buffalo horn grips will have (I think) thin incantations carved in them that I'll fill with a white epoxy for contrast. 

Blade will be re-etched before final fit and peen. 

More soon (work schedule permitting). Thanks for looking.

Dave

 

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I've no doubt you know what you're doing, and I envy your talents, but would the white lettering or rune like "encantations" be a little too much on that black handle? I think I would much rather see the writing engraved around the bronze ring guard, and pommel.

That's just my two cent; I'm sure whatever you do will be totally awesome! Looking forward to it!

Edit: if there was enough of the writing that covered most of the handle it might actually be really cool now that I think about it.

I'll shut up now and leave the artist to his muse lol. 

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Zeb,

You raise a very good point. 

Ornamentation is like salt in cooking. Too little, and the dish is bland. Too much and it's distasteful. 

If you're a wizard, like Jake Powning or Petr Florianek, you can add carvings, etc. to almost every element and somehow make it balance. I'm not there yet.

My plan is to imitate, as best I can, the kind of runes that you might remember in the movie Conan the Barbarian, when Conan is near death and the wizard paints his body with incantations to keep the spirits from harnessing his soul. Or, for a more recent example, the rune that Jake put on the pommel of his dagger called "The Gate of Apsu." DSC3861.jpg

Now, I'm not Jake . . . so no promises I can match this, but that's the goal.

Thanks for the feedback.

Dave

 

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24 minutes ago, Dave Stephens said:

If you're a wizard, like Jake Powning or Petr Florianek, you can add carvings, etc. to almost every element and somehow make it balance. I'm not there yet.

We all start somewhere and you have already got a good base. 

 

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My plan is to imitate, as best I can, the kind of runes that you might remember in the movie Conan the Barbarian, when Conan is near death and the wizard paints his body with incantations to keep the spirits from harnessing his soul.

I loved that part of the movie. That was high magic. I'm sure that you will find the perfect icons for this project. Maybe you should pray to Crom? :o (just do a better job than Arnie did!)

Seriously though, this thing looks magnificent Dave.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

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A sneak peak of the finish the hardware will be given.

Funny how much work it takes to turn something shiny and smooth into something that supposed to look all gnarled and evil.  

This is the bead that goes in the middle of the grip that was all buffed out in the pic above.

Dave

 

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Love that finish! The pattern in the center looks almost dendritic, very beautiful. 

“If you trust in yourself. . . believe in your dreams. . . and follow your star. . . you will still get beaten by the people who have spent their time working hard and learning things, the people who weren't so lazy.” ~ Terry Pratchett

 

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Aged. Weathered. Used. Like it has seen the palms of the ancients. Beautiful.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Beautiful. I love the finish on the bead. Can’t wait to see more pics. I really like the worn look you are producing. I am not sure if that is the best description, but what you describe as gnarly is what I absolutely love about these reproduction projects. It looks like it has a story from the battlefields. Incredible work. And also thank you for posting the original Arctic build. I have watched it a couple of times and it is hypnotic. So much talent in one shop. I was blown away how the individual efforts came together in parallel. The tolerances for machined fabrication would be difficult, but to see everything come together in the timeframe and fit by hand production was amazing. 

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Thanks everyone!

Zeb: I painted etch resist on the "smooth parts" of the bead, but I did so thinly so it would have break through etching.  Then I used a tiny carbide burr in a foredom to dimple the parts of the bead that were not covered in etch resist. Then I soaked the bead in FC (diluted w/ 4 parts water) for about 4 hours. After that, I cleaned up the bead by buffing it very lightly, degreased/neutralized it, and gave it a patina with a commercial bronze darkening solution. After that, I hit it very lightly with 00 steel wool.

Cheers!

Dave

 

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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33 minutes ago, Dave Stephens said:

Thanks everyone!

Zeb: I painted etch resist on the "smooth parts" of the bead, but I did so thinly so it would have break through etching.  Then I used a tiny carbide burr in a foredom to dimple the parts of the bead that were not covered in etch resist. Then I soaked the bead in FC (diluted w/ 4 parts water) for about 4 hours. After that, I cleaned up the bead by buffing it very lightly, degreased/neutralized it, and gave it a patina with a commercial bronze darkening solution. After that, I hit it very lightly with 00 steel wool.

Cheers!

Dave

 

Great info Dave. Thanks sent.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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The blade is finished. The scabbard is under construction, but I have set it aside for a while to recover from frustration due to a bad casting of the chape. . . right now I hate it, so it needs to rest a bit.

Cheers!

Dave

 

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Wow Dave. That came out fantastic. Apparently you need to finish the sheath to get enough experience points to go up a level.......Just kidding. I'm lovin' that watering in that blade and the handle is superb. Just fantastic.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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That turned out beautifully Dave.  I very much looking forward to when you don't hate it anymore to see the scabbard (and I totally sympathize because I am the same way)

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Awesome work Dave.

"The way we win matters" (Ender Wiggins) Orson Scott Card

 

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17 hours ago, Dave Stephens said:

The blade is finished. The scabbard is under construction, but I have set it aside for a while to recover from frustration due to a bad casting of the chape. . . right now I hate it, so it needs to rest a bit.

I totally understand this sentiment too.  However, if you could only see it from our eyes...

-Brian

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Sometimes you have to set a project aside for a little while and allow the qi to collect within you. A project like this drains the artist in so many ways, you sometimes need a rest to recoup.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Thanks all.  The scabbard should be pretty cool if I can pull it off.  It mirrors the AF 2013 scabbard in the central disc with inset stones, but mine will be of bronze with Onyx instead of moonstone.  Also, the slide will sport the skull of a raven at the end.  

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