Recently I was trying to think of something new for sales at shows and galleries. I wanted something that would be small enough to be readily affordable yetwould show some uniqueness from "made in China" items. I thought bells would be nice. For sometime I've been thinking about the "yard art" size bells made out of spent gas cylinders, but they're a pain to lug around to shows only to not sell them and have to lug them back home. Then a neighbor got sick and I started to imagine her ringing a little bell to call her husband for something. That brought to mind making smaller little bells. I have some little roses made from thicker guage steel that are hollow in the middle with a hole in the bottom for a stem. What if I added a clapper?
Making bells from a template
A number of bells start life as a sheet metal template which is then pounded into a swage to round it out into bell shape. Don't forget the clapper!
This is a "storyboard" of one process for making "jingle" bells. This came from Blacksmiths Gallery; they are good people, visit their site for more information: http://www.farwestforge.com
How to make a bell storyboard
A Variety of Dinner Bells
Gee Mom, look what else I've found!
- Blacksmiths Guild of the Potomac Newsletter - Ringing In the New Year
- Blacksmithing - Making a small bell
- Forging the Bell
- forging a bell
- Steel Bell
- How to Forge a Bell! Great Christmas Gift Ideas!
- Hand Forging a Sleigh bell part 1
- Hand Forging a Sleigh bell Part 2
- Making a Bell Start To Finish
- Cylinder Bells and the Golden Ratio 1
- Cylinder Bells Part 2
- Bell made from gas cylinder
- Gas Cylinder Garden Bell
- Texas Garden Bell / Gong made from scrap metal
- Sun Moon and Star Yard Art or Garden Bell or Gong
- Bell made from the bottom of a large cylinder
- Fred's meditation bells
- Bill Lloyd's Bells
- Oxygen bottle bells
- Large propane tank bell or gong
- Bell from welding tank
- Sensei's Bells
- Creating A Clapper for a Chime - Kevin Caron
- John Bennett Artist Blacksmith
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