Monday, March 1, 2010


I hope you won't mind an occasional post about bigger pieces of my metal work.

This is a spatula I have wanted to make for a long time to use in my kitchen. It is made of steel, with a African Blackwood handle.

I had to find a special type of steel for this project. I finally found it at an elevator company. The steel is almost as hard as the saw blades I used to cut out the house fly design. Because of that, it took forever to cut out my design and my blades kept breaking. I used 144 of them to cut it out, a gross of saw blades!!! I suppose I could have had it water cut rather than doing it by hand. I'm just stubborn I suppose. If I decide to make them to sell, I will have them cut.
The stem is all file work. The design in it is created by twisting the metal. When I turned the Blackwood I decided to turn it in the shape of the handle on my jewelers saw frame. A little private joke to remind me what a nightmare I had cutting out the fly.
I will never use Ebony again now that I have used African Blackwood, particularly in my miniature work. It is not brittle and the grain is just as fine. All I had to do was oil it after the sanding was finished.


  1. That is just totally amazing! I cannot imagine the tenacity required to complete this job - 144 saw blades!!!

    And yes please do continue to post this kind of thing, it will be appreciated for sure.

  2. WoW! Big or small I certainly don't mind when there are items as wonderful as this to see!

    Regards, Linda

  3. Please do post about all of your metal work. It is really terrific and inspirational. I hope to take more jewelry making classes this next year as I do not know how to do metal casting.

  4. WOW!!! WOW!!! Stupendous work!!!!

  5. Wow!! Now that's really amazing!