Thursday, July 14, 2011

Star Blade - Handmade Fixed Blade Knife

The Star Blade . One of my latest completed art knives . Named for the tessellating pattern on the handles .With the intention of creating a durable gripping surface I set out using chasing tools to form a star pattern on the stainless steel handle scales .As you may expect this was not an easy undertaking.  by doing so I achieve the result of toughness by work hardening the stainless.  In the bolster areas I engraved some vine scroll embellishments , this time prior to heat treatment for effect .
A fun project that I intend to improve on in the future.


Star blade dimensions

Overall length : 5 7/8”
Blade : 2 ¼” long  5/32” wide L6 steel
Handles: 304 stainless steel
Inset :14k gold
Weight : 58 Grams

Hand made sole authorship knife.
Copyright Ray oak Hyder 2011 all rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Story Ring

The lunar metal..Silver.
Trading at record highs on the world market.. A staple of Jewelers for time and memorial. Certainly a metal I am at home with , as most of my early pieces have been crafted from this illustrious material.
As time has gone on in the scope of my artistic career, I find myself working with silver less and less.
But the love is  not lost . With this in mind I'm sharing with you a ring , a ring made for a jaunt down the lane of my memories. A fun way to re-live the excitement I've always felt for creating wearable art. Fun indeed to ply my hands in this familiar element, if only so often now to be considered a rare treat.

Before you behold a ring with a story condensed in the crystalline structure know as silver!

                       Sterling silver story ring..            
         Hand fabricated and engraved solely by Ray o. Hyder
                   Copyright 2011 all rights reserved.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Key Pendant

Here is a key pendant design I first assembled almost nine years ago . At a time when I had set up shop in a busy little ski town’s storefront window .  Between orders on my list I would work on various design concepts . This one I always remembered the best. The original one at that time was made
to unlock a silver box I constructed with a functioning skeleton key lock .I made the design again as a pendant to share with you here..  I started with flat sheets of silver that I pierced and cut with my saw. After bending , forming and seaming the tube for the key shank I soldered it all together.  Then I set and hand engraved the many challenging angles for the final touch .


Silver Key pendant by Ray o. Hyder

Hand fabricated , Chased and Engraved
74mm x 20mm , sterling silver 11.9 grams total wt.
 Blue Topaz and Amethyst stones