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David Wilkinson - Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 11:09amcopper | tinning solution
anyone out there know of a food safe tinning compound/solution for copper - I know how to do the time honored melted tin method, but, had heard about a tinning brush-on solution and can't find one oth
Kyle Fokken - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12:45amOutdoot color recommendations
I'm a mixed media sculptor looking for ways to have longer lasting color outdoors.
I would love to be able to mimic rusted metal, animal hyde/skin and tree bark etc. I've done some work with fiberglas and epoxies, but have had problems with wear, fading and cracking. I've been working with 'light interference' treatments on stainless steel, but the color selection is minimal.
Rich Waugh - Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 3:12pmcancer | death | health | sharing
Sadly, I have to report that another blacksmith and all-around truly great guy had just died. My good friend Dave Boyer finally succumbed after nine years of battling colon cancer. Dave said he kept putting off the colonoscopy because he had other things he wanted do, like go cruising in his sailboat, and when he finally did get the exam done it was discovered he had colon cancer. He didn't just have cancer; it had metastasized and spread to his liver and lung. He was immediately started on an aggressive treatment plan including surgery and chemotherapy. Over the course of the next nine years Dave participated in several clinical trials of new chemotherapy drugs in an effort to keep the cancer from spreading. He finally ran out of new drugs that would work and the cancer, which by now had spread to both lungs, killed him. Fortunately, Dave only went in hospital on Easter and was moved to hospice care just a couple of days ago, so he didn't have a long and painful death.
CptOvo - Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 10:41amcnc plasma cutter | garden art
I'm looking into fabricating some garden art, decorative fire pits, arbours & a few sculptures etc. Material will be mostly mild steel, a little SS and less that 1/4" think.
Has anyone used a CNC plasma cutter for this type of work? And if so what is your experience? Cost vs productivity, accuracy, quality of cuts and the like.
Iceforge - Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 3:18pmblacksmithing | copper foldforming | forging | Garden | iron work | metal arts | ornamental | sculpture | twist | yard
Freeform Power Hammer Forging with Jon Ledford – Saturday, April 20, 2013
BRJ - Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:39am
Can anyone point me in the direction of a formula to calculate how much investment powder-water mix I need for the volume of my flask. For casting a sculpture in bronze.
I cannot remember the formula and the table on the pack does not have the mix for the size I am doing.
eligius1427 - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:19pmsoldering | stainless steel
Hi all, I am working on a project and have to connect two thin pcs of 18 ga stainless steel together. the two pcs shown sit on top of one another to create a layered piece. I was originally going to secure the pieces to the base with fasteners, but the "stem" is only 3/32-1/8" wide in some places(which is where I would have to drill through to catch both pieces) and Im worried that my punch and drill skills might not be up to snuff for this.
inganmarcelo - Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:04pmlacquer | permalac alternative | sealer
Hello everyone..I am new to metal working.
I am wondering if there is any alternative to "permalac" which is like the standard sealant for all metal art work.
inganmarcelo - Monday, March 25, 2013 - 10:39pmdegreaser | metal cleaner
I am wondering if there is any alternative to cleaning and degreasing metal to prepare for applying patina.
my local scupture place recommended IMS(industrial metal supply) cleaner, which sounds like the right stuff,