7 Day Art Challenge: Day 6

Today, I am sharing my most elaborate blacksmith project–a “Camellia flower business card holder”.

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It has 24 petals and leaves.

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I used a hand-crafted tool, similar to pliers with ball bearings welding to the sides, along with needle nose pliers, to create the curves on flower petals.

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My grandfather, Minor McNeil, was a blacksmith. This photo was taken with his blacksmith hammer in hand, while working at the West Virginia coal mines. His anvil was made from a railroad track. Blacksmithing is in my blood. Photo courtesy of Casey McNeil.

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My completed flower (before blackening process). Specials thanks to an extremely patient instructor and master blacksmith, Steve Kalb of Florida, who taught this class at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia.

Photos by Erika Ogier, James and Camelia Elliott.

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