In order to get any finished article correct and in the right proportions, a number of practice pieces are made. Some of these pieces could be classed as art in their own right. The following photos are taken of random practice pieces for different projects.
This piece of oversized barbed wire was created from four pieces of solid round bar. Two lengths were tacked together at both ends, heated in the forge and twisted with a steady turn. The barbs were again, two pieces of a smaller diameter bar. Tacked together, heated in the forge and twisted around the larger bars. The tacks were broken, heated, bent into the right position and sharpened to a dull point. Once cleaned, the sample was finished in a clear plastic lacquer.