The squid arm started as a raw iron bar. The iron is heated to around 1700 *F glowing bright yellow. When the iron is this hot it will bend and move very much like cold clay. I hammered the iron with hand hammer and a mechanical hammer to draw it to a long tapered point. Then I used a electric welder to form the cups, more heating and the use of chisels on the hot iron to further form the cups, then I heated and bent the arm to shape. The base is also forged hot from iron bar. The two parts are welded together. Then the arm was colored with guilders paste, a artist pigment, lastly it was coated with bees wax to stop rusting.