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Changing color of anodized aluminum parts

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A videographer friend who knows I weld/sculpt in steel, asked me a question about anodized aluminum, and I could not find a thread here that could answer it. He has some small parts/knobs that are currently red anodized aluminum, and wants them anodized black, so they will blend in with the rest of his gear.


Volcanic Stainless Steel

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Is anyone familiar with this technique of coloring stainless steel with heat? An Oregon artist named Milo uses a liquid he doesn't identify to "paint" images on 300 series mill finished stainless steel sheet. He then uses a torch to burn the images onto the sheet and claims the resulting color and image are permanent. I'm curious what chemicals he could be using. There is a video on his website where you can watch the process. One of the chemicals appears to be similar to a petroleum jelly and the other is a liquid that is sprayed on the image.


PETAL

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PETAL

OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS, 3 X 3 FEET, 2008.

FROM MY SOLO EXHIBITION "ADORN" - JEWELLERY AND PAINTINGS INFLUENCED BY MY JEWELLERY DESIGNS.


Phoenix

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This is my stained glass Phoenix that has become to me a symbol of my retirement. The flames represent the fire of the forge and the smoky sky is self-explanatory. I identify with the Phoenix as he rises from the flames and ashes of his past.


PHOENIX

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PHOENIX

KREEGA

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KREEGA

This is our household mascot, Kreega. He is a welded steel and cast iron sculpture with woven wool wings and singlet done by my wife, Eileen. He is a character from my MINDFLASH series of novels and it is his job to ward off negative energy from our home.


Meditation Mandala

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Meditation Mandala

This is a painting I did back in 1986 called Meditation Mandala. It was the original idea for the KING GATES.

Nic East


PIANOJAZZ

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PIANOJAZZ

This is a painting I did in 1986 when I was doing the Visual Engine Series. It is 48" high and 72" wide on tempered hardboard. It is painted with 6 coats of Lasceau acrylics.

The idea was to visualize the finger strikes and foot pedal action of a jazz pianist. In fact, I did the initial drawing while listening to pianist Tom Lawton practice on his grand piano. I dedicated it to him since he was such a good friend, allowing me to audit his playing. He now plays at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia.


Conservation/Patination of Silver Coins

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First time poster. Please forgive if this post should be made elsewhere on this site.

I have several old silver dollars passed down from my grandparents. None of them are rare dates, or particularly valuable, but they are all precious to me. They are all worn a bit, and some have a lovely natural looking worn silver color. I would call it 'battleship grey' or 'dove grey'. Very natural looking for 120 year old coins. The coins are all 90% silver and 10% copper. They are known as Morgan Dollars. My problem is that several of the coins were polished or cleaned somewhere along the line, so that they now appear unnaturally white or bright silver. I would like to return the bright coins to their original color before they were cleaned...but I do not know how to go about this. I'm sure if I left them alone for 50-60 years, they would re-tone on their own...but I'm eager to give nature an assist. I was hoping someone with skills in metal coloring could guide or direct me to recipe's or procedures that might be useful in trying to return these sentimental items to their original natural color. I have several smaller coins (dimes and quarters from the 50's & 60's) that I can use as practice pieces if some experimentation and or skill development is required. Thank you, so much, in advance for any guidance you can give on this matter.