Starting a brand-new chapter in our world...
Since we began the change over to the new website and business name, we are taking things to a new level on creating fine art jewelry designs and leather designs.
For the past year, we have been collecting a rare selection of very unique and historic steel dies that are from a time frame of 1865, the last time they ever saw the light of day.
We will be creating jewelry designs and leather designs from steel dies that are well over 200 years old and these designs are one of a kind and not found in mass production anywhere.
Some of these dies have been in a storage facility since 1865 and were part of the companies that began the entire process of working with steel carved dies that were created by Civil War Veterans after the Civil War ended.
Some of the dies are the original master dies that were created and thought to be lost in history but have made their way to us to be made into a new era with old style creative design and processes.
Below are just a few of the more modern versions of steel dies that are from the time frames of the 1920's and 1930's and are steel pressed dies from the original hubs that were hand carved in the 20's and 30's.
When these dies were pressed, they were fired up to almost a melting point of around 2,200-2,500 Fahrenheit (°F) / 1,205-1,370 Celsius (°C). Then the hot steel was placed into a 400 Ton hammer press and the original design was literally slammed into the red hot steel puck that you are seeing in the photos below to make the reverse image die.
The photos are showing the original hub design, but the dies we received are the negative reverse of what you are looking at in the image.
A very fascinating process and art form to preserve the art of so long ago.
Just as soon as the weather begins to warm up again, we will be out in the shop creating some really fabulous jewelry and leather designs.