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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:22 pm

This is a new topic for us all to have a look at before and after pics, from nodule (or slab) to finished arrowhead/speartip.

So here is todays endevour, before...
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:24 pm

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:26 pm

[img][/img] And after, needs some pressure flaking around the edges. Nodule was from a field.
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Post by the barnacle on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:25 pm

cant beat a bit of before and after, looks very good
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by skalla on Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:00 pm

great thread idea!
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by grendel on Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:15 am

Not a pic, but you get a before and after, and the middle stages too.




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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by skalla on Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:10 pm

man, thats marmite on your shelves pale
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by grendel on Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:51 pm

When the jar's finshed I'll make a Marmite arrowhead, won't that be cool.........

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Post by skalla on Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:00 pm

that would be a terrible and fearsome weapon affraid
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:51 pm

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And this is another random flint picked up from a field, nice colours but a bit hollow in the middle on this side, other side is convex.
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:55 pm

[img][/img]And this is the beast after I've finished with it, the hollow left some colour in the middle, it was just under the cortex. Kind of looks like a flinty fried egg!
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:59 pm

[img][/img]and this is the other side, I resorted to using a flat copper punch to get the notches this far in. Also a rare bit of afternoon sun too!
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Post by the barnacle on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:52 pm

very nice point, and a great bit of notching. do you display the points you make?
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by grendel on Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:03 pm

Nice notching, how did you support it while notching? I've found the major problem with punch notching to be broken ears are very common.

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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:58 pm

So far the points haven't made it in to a display case or something so sensible, as for support this was notched on the leg pad, on the leg!
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun May 06, 2012 4:15 pm

[img][/img]Here is another field nodule.
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun May 06, 2012 4:19 pm

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And it's ended up a clovis point, here the fluting flake has been struck freehand and went well...
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun May 06, 2012 4:23 pm

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And this is it all trimmed up and finished, side one...
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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun May 06, 2012 4:26 pm

[img][/img]Side two, it has a brown streak through the stone at the base which was a nice treat.
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by the barnacle on Sun May 06, 2012 8:25 pm

more great pics - i wish we had flint in the fields here.
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun May 06, 2012 9:42 pm

Very nice work, I must remember to start taking some pictures of my next knapping.
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by grendel on Tue May 08, 2012 1:42 pm

I'm gonna have to do a video on this. Pics are poor quality because of low light, did it this evening after work. Had a brainwave for the perfect thing to knap. Bottle bottom's are too curved, panes of glass too flat. Today at lunch time I visited a 40p shop, the local equivelant of a £1 shop and picked up those two magnifying glasses (2 for 40p). Very low quality, barely magnify at all, but make the perfect knapping glass. Perfectly convex on both sides, probably the easiest thing around to knap.

Simply zigzagged the edge, sheered it into triangular shape, peeled off some flakes from the sides and notched it, all over in 20 mins.




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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by the barnacle on Tue May 08, 2012 5:31 pm

thats a great idea, will have to take a trip to the boot sale.
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Re: Flint knapping before and after pictures

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue May 08, 2012 9:24 pm

excellent! looks like the flakes really fly across the surface!
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Post by Lumpendoodle on Tue May 08, 2012 10:30 pm

Looks good. I can see there's going to be a run on magnifying glass....
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