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#21 FrozenThunderbolt

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 01:38 AM

How difficult is it to heat steel in this way? Do you need to have a special forge to do it in (if that's the right word!)?

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If you are handy it is not to hard to make a basic forge - an old hair dryer, a bit of black steel piping to direct the air stream, a hole in the ground + some hardwood lump charcoal will do in a pinch.
Trickier is finding a decent anvil to work the hot metal on.

I started with a large sledgehammer head mounted in a stump, then moved to a section of railroad track, finally i was able to locate a proper anvil; just small enough for me to lift and move a step or two when needed. Depending on where you are expect to pay between $1-5 per pound for a decent one. 100-150 pounds is a good hobbyist/beginner size.
If you ever get offered a Peter Wright anvil, with 1-1-1 under the PW stamp, for a price you can afford jump on it - they are one of the gold standard names in smithing.


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#22 IslandBruja

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 03:23 AM

I wonder if we could use plant dyes, either for representing a colour we would like, or the properties of the plant? It would probably take some experimentation, but there'd be many ways to go about it, I'd imagine.


Dyeing with Indigo plants is like "magic" watching the color develop. There are lots of different types of plants you could dye with to utilize not just their colour, but their energy as well. I'll post an old episode over in the Spin/Weave/Knit, etc thread of some ancient Irish techniques to not derail this topic here...

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#23 Verin

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:09 AM

I'm usually the kinda woman who likes big chunky jewelry... But on my wedding/handfasting day I wore a single tiny droplet of faceted moonstone on a silken string as a necklace. Really simple, almost invisible. It rained a lot that day and everyone cried a lot, too. The droplet is not only like a reminder of the amounts of water spilled, the rain and the tears, but it feels to me like it holds the entire magical energy of love, union, positivity and celebration. Whenever I wear it I feel that I'm immersed in that loving energy again. So, yeah, I think objects can store energy. 


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#24 Ravenshaw

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 12:02 PM

That's beautiful, Verin!

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 08:50 PM

I believe that if you create a scarf or a painting or a wand.  The more energy and care that you put into the creation will add more power to the object.

More energy in = more energy out.


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#26 ThreeCircleTarot

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 02:32 AM

I think there's holding energy, in that you feel energy stored in an object (like a recently deceased grandfather's ring)... and then there's holding relevance, where you've created an association between an idea (such as attracting wealth) with an object (such as a jade butterfly necklace).

 

With the ring, it's a matter of receiving energetic information. With the necklace, it's a matter of programming the object so its presence triggers certain thoughts/actions conducive to the magickal working. For example, every time I might absentmindedly play with this jewelry I would be reminded to be wise with my money and keep my eyes open to job opportunities. The object holds power in its ability to anchor me to a lifestyle that is most conducive to wealth.

 

Like the difference between receiving the energetic information of an object in comparison to imbuing the object with energetic information.

 

I think over time things that hold relevance, or things that hold particularly strong associations in your mind, gain a sense of holding energy.


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#27 FrozenThunderbolt

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 12:50 AM

How difficult is it to heat steel in this way? Do you need to have a special forge to do it in (if that's the right word!)?

 

My forge is currently a woodfire contained in a steel surround made from a decommissioned lpg cylinder with a pipe attached to an old hair dryer to force air through from the bottom (this is what raises the heat).

It is crude, but works well enough for my small projects, though I have an upgrade in the works that will involve 1/2 a 44 gallon drum and the blower from a bouncy castle :D I want to be able to heat treat bigger blades as I aspire to make a pair of military sabres.

At it's most basic a piece of black iron pipe (NOT GALVANIZED - heated zinc gives off fumes that are HIGHLY toxic) + a hair dryer + a hole in the ground + dry wood or a bag of lump charcoal = forge.

A 10 pound sledgehammer head set in a bucket of concrete or an old stump will make a decent ALO (anvil like object) for light forging (hooks, small knives and the like).


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