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Old 26-04-2017, 04:26 PM   #481
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I haven't made these but would like to one day.




Good skills to have large or small.

A tip when hardening.

Use brine to harden it far cheaper and works better and use the olive oil on your salad.

Dilute as much salt in water until no more salt will dissolve for hardening.
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Old 26-04-2017, 05:44 PM   #482
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Good point waves

We actually pull our weeds out around our house, so could everyone else.

It's called community spirit.
...and also rich deposits for the compost bin !!
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Old 26-04-2017, 06:02 PM   #483
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...and also rich deposits for the compost bin !!
Very true CT

Infact we have a large border and scourge of the the gardener of ground elder yet its succulent green foliage makes brilliant compost by the barrow loads before it goes to seed.

Leek harvest today from the sticks left of around 200 that over wintered.






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Old 26-04-2017, 08:01 PM   #484
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Here is a few pictures and ideas of how you can fabricate a few copper tools.

These tools are made from PB102 bronze and the tang handles are silver soldered directly onto the flat plate, to do this you need a fairly high temperature as copper sucks the heat quite quickly.

The paper pattern is an idea I have been wanting to make for a while using a single piece and rolling the end ferrule for the handle.

I like the longer handles so you can lever using the under side of the lower part of the arm to relieve tension on the wrist joint itself.

The handle needs to got slightly under the blade and past the ferrule to prevent it from being bent as you lever.












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Didnt realise you posted it here that's ace thank you very much. I was thinking about using a propane torch for silver soldering jobs but do you think its worth getting an oxy acetalyne torch instead?

Pulled an old blacksmith hammer out a skip the other day which should come in use for something
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Old 26-04-2017, 08:32 PM   #485
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Didnt realise you posted it here that's ace thank you very much. I was thinking about using a propane torch for silver soldering jobs but do you think its worth getting an oxy acetalyne torch instead?

Pulled an old blacksmith hammer out a skip the other day which should come in use for something
Sometimes we do need a big hammer

Oxygen and acetylene is the true preformer but it's expensive and needs licencing.

This is what I use for just about all my heating and tempering.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/rothenberg...D1206944382865

The cylinders are 15 quid a pop thereafter and last a good while.

Map gas gives about 2000 plus degrees and if you solder on a heat proof platform it will retain most of the heat for you. I made mine from Victas refractory cement. It's two inches thick and cast in the bottom of a bucket.


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If you search around you can find smaller buckets than mine shown at 25 kg.

If you opt for the cement go for the 1700c or the 1800&h as it's much finer granules and gives a much better finish afterwards.

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Old 26-04-2017, 09:09 PM   #486
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Excellent I was thinking about one of those torches. I had a small hobby oxy torch a few years ago but sold it when I moved . Mind you the gas was kind of expensive as it came in small bottles.

I have some refractory cement kicking round too hopefully its not set solid already.

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Old 26-04-2017, 09:35 PM   #487
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Excellent I was thinking about one of those torches. I had a small hobby oxy torch a few years ago but sold it when I moved . Mind you the gas was kind of expensive as it came in small bottles.

I have some refractory cement kicking round too hopefully its not set solid already.

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My next project for making a very fine soldering unit.

A ready made commercial unit begin at a grand, should be able to make this for about 35.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqjn3mup1So
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Though this was clever just needs to be made of bronze now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSOh4LnatIU
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Excellent I was thinking about one of those torches. I had a small hobby oxy torch a few years ago but sold it when I moved . Mind you the gas was kind of expensive as it came in small bottles.

I have some refractory cement kicking round too hopefully its not set solid already.

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How did you get along with the bronze tools??

This is what I'm running for soldering today, no need for bottles of expensive gasses, its a fairly good tool but does needs some PTFE tape on the bubbler bottle to fix the loose threads which is a common fault on these.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/H180-Oxyge...wAAOSwa~BYbTfS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL-MCgbOe-8

These are way better than gas torches for fine intricate work.

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Old 05-10-2017, 01:38 PM   #490
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How did you get along with the bronze tools??

This is what I'm running for soldering today, no need for bottles of expensive gasses, its a fairly good tool but does needs some PTFE tape on the bubbler bottle to fix the loose threads which is a common fault on these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4ff_aMm3r0&t=113s
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Thanks, I have been very busy during the summer, got a bumper crop in the old allotment and currently collecting lots of seeds for next year.
Also gearing up in several different fields.

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Here is a few items I have made this summer.







These are two Persian bracelets made with simple wire jump rings from Silver and Copper, these both took exactly 4.50 metres of 1.50mm wire.
The Sterling Silver wire cost around 55 quid, but the finished item would set you back at least 250 in a shop today, again huge savings using personal dint.



A Byzantyne gothic chain that I made this free of charge for a local amateur dramatics company, who used it in a play and then returned it.


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I collected all of this batch really cheaply from a local trader over the year at only 20 pence a gram. If anyone is doing similar try to get Britainia as it does'nt tarnish as easy over time like Sterling does.

Soon to be converted, into what, I'm not quite sure yet, three items of Britania from the 1800's and the rest is Sterling 1930's, all damaged and beyond resonable repair. To buy all of this in new stock would cost well over a fornights wages.

Can't wait to begin cutting into it all this winter.

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Here is my home made smelting furness for melting the silver above, total costs were 48 pounds all in.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/m8brREaI1Q7p/

She has a double burner which is capable of melting 200 grams of silver in around five minutes, if anyone would like the parts list to make one of these themselves shout up and I will take a series of photos of how it all fits together.

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Here is my home made smelting furness for melting the silver above, total costs were 48 pounds all in.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/m8brREaI1Q7p/

She has a double burner which is capable of melting 200 grams of silver in around five minutes, if anyone would like the parts list to make one of these themselves shout up and I will take a series of photos of how it all fits together.
i'd certainly like a parts and to-do list apprentice, please

I have a chunk of meteoric metal that I've been wanting to make into a blade - aka Excalibur, for some time
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i'd certainly like a parts and to-do list apprentice, please

I have a chunk of meteoric metal that I've been wanting to make into a blade - aka Excalibur, for some time
Meteoric metals are normally much harder than steel and this furnace can only reach about 1200 tops, so your going to need a bit more power, like an oil/diesel fired forced oxy set up.

To do the job you have you would be better off with solid fuel coke and air blower, Is it a one off your doing??
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Yep, just a one off

got about 2kg of iron and intended folding it, so gotta invest on an anvil or something similar.

I did think about using coal and seeing if I can get my hands on a decent burner for the extra kick

Actually, thinking about it, i'm reminded why I've put it off for so long Perhaps finding a local furnace, they will have an anvil - maybe a lot cheaper haha
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Yep, just a one off

got about 2kg of iron and intended folding it, so gotta invest on an anvil or something similar.

I did think about using coal and seeing if I can get my hands on a decent burner for the extra kick

Actually, thinking about it, i'm reminded why I've put it off for so long Perhaps finding a local furnace, they will have an anvil - maybe a lot cheaper haha
A local blacksmith might be able to do it, but myself I would have a go at it.

A couple of hundredweight of coke and an electric far blower from a car would do it, fix the fan to a long length of metal pipe to add the air and you will be ok in a clay lined pit, the anvil could be a slab of teel fixed to a large tree trunk, its doable I would say, because you can bury the metal in the coals which will also ad carbon.

If you do get around to it I will help you harden and temper it afterwards, just give us a shout and we can work it through via skype etc.
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Found a nice channel. Makes it so easy.
https://www.youtube.com/user/inspiretomake
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