Smithing is the craft of shaping metal into tools, weapons or armor. It requires you to work raw or processed materials on an anvil of same or one lower tier. The starter anvil is made of stone and let's you work copper. Stone anvils however break easily, so you will want to upgrade to a copper anvil soon, which also let's you work bronze. And a bronze anvil in turn allows working of iron tools.
I suggest you to collect at least the following items before you start:
- A stack of Stones
- A stack Lignite or Bituminous Coal
- Some ordinary clay
- Some copper ingots (3 for a pickaxe)
- 1 Torch
- 1 Raw stone, preferably Igneous Rock as it last the longest (check tooltip to see rock type). You can aquire raw stone by mining all blocks around it.
Setting up the smithing area
Craft a hammer and a stone pot:
Place your 1 raw stone, put the hammer in your hands and right click with it on the raw stone 3 times. This will create a stone anvil. You can acquire raw stone by breaking all blocks around it.
Stone anvils made from sedimentary rock have 3 - 7 uses, from metamorphic rock 6 - 10 uses and from igenous rock 15 - 19 uses Now place your stone pot somewhere near your anvil and add some fuel, you can use Lignite or Bituminous coal. To fill, hold Shift to Sneak and right click on the stone pot with the fuel in your hands.
Now do the same for the ingots or metal plates you want to work. You can heat up to 4 ingots or plates per stone pot. Sneak + Right click with a torch in your hands to ignite the coal. Now your metal will start heating up and turn red.
Once your workpieces are bright red you can take them out with a normal right click and check the tooltip. If it says workable, you can work it on the anvil. Otherwise you have to put it back into the Forge and heat it some more.
All metals become workable starting from 60% of their melting point. Don't worry about leaving your ingots in the Forge for a long time, they will not melt!
Now it's hammer time! This is the anvil interface:
Working an ingot or plate into armor or tools requires you to apply a particular set of techniques on your workpiece with a hammer in the Hammer slot. The recipe helper book on the right top corner can help you in the beginning to learn which recipe requires which techniques. It loops through all the available recipes in VintageCraft. Be aware that you require a certain amount of ingots/plates/anvil parts for each recipe. Putting too much or too little will not create your desired item.
Here is a half finished helmet, the blue outlines at the top row show you which anvil techniques you still have to apply.
If your workpieces get too cold, it will not be workable anymore and you have to reheat it in the stone pot. The already applied techniques won't be lost.
Please note: Most of the smithed tools and weapons will require you to add a stick in a crafting table in order to get a usable tool!
If you mess up your workpiece by applying an invalid combination of techniques, you will likely end up with a number of "Oddly Shapped" Ingots or Plates. You can turn them back one-by-one into normal ingots by applying the recipe "Fix Ingot"/"Fix Plate" on them
Starting from Version 0.8.75 you can upgrade your tools with 2 diamonds which adds 50% durability and 30% efficiency/damage to your tools. You are only able to add diamonds during the smithing process. Once your tools are smithed they can no longer be upgraded. Diamonds spawn in Kimberlite which occurs only at the bottom of the world
Progressing to the next tier
Each anvil only let's you work it's current or one higher tier of metal. So in order to create bronze tools, you need a copper anvil. To create iron tools, you need a bronze anvil.
Creating an anvil on an anvil requires you to create the anvil surface and anvil base first and then combine them. The final combination of both parts does not require you to heat them!