Some behind-the-scenes stuff for my non-blacksmithing friends.
For the first part of making the tentacle bottle openers, I draw out a a taper on the 3/4-inch by 4-inch round stock (mild steel). To keep the taper relatively even, I forge to a square, and then to an octagon, and then to a hexadecagon (16-gon ... roughly). Beyond that, I keep knocking down facets and drawing out the piece until I have a taper.
This is all done on a 100-pound Bradley power hammer.
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