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Introduction Edit

This article describes how to forge field frame rings where part of the oval shape is achieved by overlapping the ends of the ring and hammering them together. The process is thus very similar to what is used when riveting chainmail rings.

In retrospect, this process is a very good one. However, probably the best and easiest way to create the characteristic oval shape to a field frame ring is to make the ring from two halves which overlap and which are then flattened against each other like described here. This would make the oval shape more pronounced, thus giving more room for the tenons of the field frame bars. The process would work like this:

  • Forge the ring roughly round
  • Flatten (only) the ends of the ring
  • Overlap the ends
  • Flatten the ends
  • Weld the ends together
  • Cut open the ring at the opposing end
  • Flatten the ring partially
    • This should also elongate the ring, so that the (other) ends can be overlapped
  • Overlap the (other) ends
  • Flatten the (other) ends
  • Weld the ends together

This process should work, but it has not been tested yet.

Preparations Edit

Before you start, you need a round horizontal ring forging template:

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The process Edit

Start by forging a round bar into roughly correct form:

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Flatten the ring slightly and forge it around the template:

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Overlap the ends:

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Hammer the ends together:

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Reinforce the seam by welding. Then weld a small piece of steel to the opposite end to widen the ring there also:

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Grind or cut the ring to correct shape and reheat in forge to get the right color:

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