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Tutorials - Making Ball Bearings Damascus
A brief explanation on making "balls patterned" blades.
Starting from ball bearings (52100), holed layers of 1010 (0.5mm thick) from a window shielding and layers of 1085 (0.5mm thick), I decided to make a Sandwich style damascus. To make the weld for the damascus I modified steel pipe to work as container, encapsulating the different steels. Measures for the container are 1 1/4"x1 1/4 x 4" (Picture 1)

I used the holes on the 1085 layers to place the ball bearing and keep them in place (Picture 2)

Then I alternated the layers until I got the final one in 1085 (Picture 3)

To finish the can, I welded the cover of the steel pipe before placing the container in the oven. (Picture 4)

After heating, I hammered hard and worked as I described on my Making Damascus Steel tutorial to finish the blade.
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