The Finished Whale’s Tail (pattern below).
- Cut out pattern.
- Sand metal lightly with 400 grit.
- Glue pattern to metal. I use a glue stick.
- Saw out metal.
- Finish edges with files and sandpaper.
- Round any sharp corners if necessary. Here’s a little video on rounding edges on metal.
- Use a dapping punch, either in pitch or on a stack of magazines, or a sandbag, and dome both fins.
- Using round nose pliers (put tape on them or dip them in plastic dip to protect the metal), round up the tips of the fins. I rounded mine away from the back so that the points wouldn’t scratch the wearer’s skin. Here’s a video on Rounding Edges on Metal.
- Curl bail towards the back, either using round nose pliers or the stem of a dapping tool.
- You may need to punch down the area between the fins. Lay the dap, length-wise, between the fins (on the sandbag or in the pitch), with the rounded sides facing up. Hammer a thin dapping punch, laid lengthwise, into the space between the fins to create a thin depression.
- Final finish. Remove any scratches. Polish.
Here’s a short video (website only) on altering a patterns size – if none of the patterns, below, are the size you’d like.