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I am very fortunate to have crafty friends who are happy to share their knowledge so first I would like to start by saying thanks to Wordsmithcrafts for having the patience to teach me a bit of blacksmithing. Please head over to his site for some more info on the multi-talented artist
Day 5: Blacksmithing by NightPhoenixArt
Out of all the crafts I have tried my hand at blacksmithing ranks up near the top in terms of fun and newness. There is something really pleasing about learning a completely new medium to work with and in front of a forge on a cold snowy day is certainly the place to be. I have seen examples of several different forges from viking forges to wartime forges and modern ones as well as work bellows from many in between. Although I have seen blacksmithing a fair few times now at various viking shows and friends workshops I have only really had a go at creating something twice before and both times I made "s-hooks". So I was keen to have another go and move on to creating something else which resulted in the pennanular broach. I am pleased with the result despite its flaws but only wish I had taken a photo of it before bending as it was so wonderfully even!
These are the S hooks I previously made.

My first Viking S Hooks by NightPhoenixArt

Blacksmithing is something I definately want to try again and thankfully will probably get the opportunity to do so. I love watching people work the metal. The glow of white hot metal and sparks are beautiful and hypnotic whilst the sound of hammers on metal take you back to an older time. It creates a very satisfying environment.
There are lots of examples of many different types of metalwork including blacksmithing and lots of those examples are iron age, viking or saxon. I have only included some of the skill that exists out there in deviantart world.
Unfortunately I have been really ill today and unable to do much today at all so Day 6 may be late but it cant be helped and i am certainly not going to stop even if this is the case. Enjoy.

Hermelin by RMikkE  2/5 of my tools by RMikkE  Ulu by RMikkE  My tips by RMikkE  Scraper by Nimpsu  Iron Age Belt Buckles by Nimpsu  Axes by UEdkaFShopie  Axe in the Making by Stinking-Badger  Knives 2 by UEdkaFShopie  akanpuukkoja by jarkko1  Making of 'viikinkimiekka II' by jarkko1  Damascened axe by MagnusEdvarsson  Steel brooches and pendants 1 by Astalo  Iron cauldron and tripod by Nimpsu  Penannular brooch: Basic by Nimpsu  Wool Combs by Nimpsu  Iron pendants by jarkko1  Iron Wrist or Ankle Torc by The-Hoarde  partakirves by jarkko1  Bradawl by heartfullofhell  Axeheads by Hjorverdr  korut ja keihas by jarkko1  :thumb309413774:  :thumb314927349:  raudan valmistus by jarkko1  Jornfell - hand forged viking battle axe by Wildwolfworkshop  Flint striker by Mitchel-Jacobsen  Viking padlock by hawkthrower  Chest hinges by Nimpsu  Metal Ring by Blackwing666  Cable blacksmith's knife by Mitchel-Jacobsen  :thumb323803913:  Penannular brooches 1 by Astalo  Penannular brooches 3 by Astalo  Iron Bracelet Torc bracelet by CELTSMITH  :thumb343302540:


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Kat Milligan
Artist | Varied
United Kingdom
A creative soul. I long to create beautifull, important and empowering images that really tell a story, make an important statement or reach out to someone.
I also enjoy the challenge of working on commisions, I love to help others express themselves or see themselves differently wether it be turning someones child in to a magical fairy or simply retouching an image. It brings me joy.
My work is deeply inspired by the spiritual, the primal and the wilds. Nature has long been my biggest passion and i have dedicated most of my life to its protection, travelling the world to its wildest places in an attempt to help them. I long to inspire respect for the wilds, for the world that lies underneath our own society and if i can do that through my artwork then all the better.
I am also fascinated by psychology and spirituality and feel this deeply inspires my art as well or at least hope that one day it will. The fact that we can take something from the depths of our mind and turn it into a tangible work of art is a wonderful form of personal expression. I am a huge appreciator of anyone that can share this part of themselves with us through our art. Sometimes the wild places are not around us but within us....
Creativity is important, it is not just a realease, a form of expression but also a secret shared. Creativity is not just food for the soul but also fuel for the imagination which in turn inspires dreams and dreams can change the world. Rejoice in the freedom of creation and inspire....

At this point in time my creativity takes the form of digital artwork and when i have the time traditional painting but i am also allways willing to try new things and explored traditional skills (leatherworking, woodworking and such) through my hobbies of being a viking and medieval reenactor. I have also been very lucky to explore and express myself in more contemporary mediums such as photography and artistic modelling. My professional modelling site can be found here on deviant art… and on Model Mayhem:…

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Iglybo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Happy Birthday :D
LucreciaMortishia Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the fav :blowkiss:

woodcarve Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fav.
wyverex Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for faving! I appreciate it.
tanjaESK Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's really nice of you to add my simple and plain naalbinding cap to your collection of all those awesome historical crafts, thanks. Hug 
NightPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   General Artist
I was really inspired by it, the colours are fantastic. I have tried nalbinding a few times and never managed to finish a project (I have a sock and a half) so highly respect the patience, skill and dedication that must have gone into your work.
tanjaESK Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's really nice of you, thanks. Like your stuff, too!
NightPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014   General Artist
maiarcita Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
:iconsbg-crewstock::icon1chick1:Happy Birthday!!:icon1chick1::iconsbg-crewstock:
NightPhoenixArt Featured By Owner May 9, 2014   General Artist
thank you, was just chilling on it :)
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