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  1. Good ideas all! And Frosty, where do you get waterglass these days? (Just wanted to hear other options other than feebay, or glamazon)
  2. Agreed - good advice. I have recently gotten a old kickpress that needs tooling, might see if I could (temporarily) modify it to act like a "Hugh McDonald"-style rolling mill. Was hoping to find a nice used jewelry rolling mill, but hadn't found one locally (Vermont) cheaply.
  3. After a fashion, I squished some hot change together and made this for my wife.. Next up, will start on making actual patterning between metals, but was happy with my initial results.
  4. Very cool. You said you stopped using coins, any particular source or supplier you are using for metals now? I had been using coins and scrap, but am thinking using clean, flat sheet would be more time-efficient. You can pm me so I don't derail your thread. Nice work!
  5. And another example of color change by heat, this time as produced by a caveman (me).. In my little experiments you will note the impression made by a pre '82 Canadian nickel (pure nickel) delaminating from the copper (a pre '82 U.S.A penny), also the very faint "LIBERTY" in the flattened quarter. Colors are from firescale on the respective metals. The black can be more pronounced, but I wanted to polish and see how it changed as I did. The scale is relatively hard to polish off, say compared to soot, but I wouldn't consider it "durable". A ca finish or clear epoxy would make it a lot more resistant, but this is just my newbie-armchair-theorizing.
  6. Still working on this experiment.. got some swaged cable from online, and started forge welding a piece to "figure it out". After I get that together, I'll try the kasenit to see what it does to contrast and colors.. Had to put it on the back burner though, as with my limited free time I had been working on a birthday gift for the wife. Pre '82 Canadian nickels, and some American dimes.
  7. I am just miffed that your wife found one that fast at a price that you could use it for decoration! Ah, but one more anvil IS better.. than one LESS anvil.. Congratulations!
  8. Will do! "Baby steps" so I actually have some confidence-building success (+ needed skill building), and don't go on a high flying tangent with attending catastrophic failure. Though, as you can probably tell, this doesn't always stop me!
  9. Aessinus, thanks for the offer! if you decide you want to part with it, I live in Vermont, in a town called Colchester. If you pm me I'll give you the full address. If kasenit works for "color", might push me to go absolutely silly and make a nitrogen chamber for nitriding! Must remind myself..baby steps, baby steps..
  10. Guess I'll have to buy some case hardening compound and give it a go when I get a chance! Here is my first attempt at forge welding.. No case hardening has been done, nor much of an etch, just a half hour in ferric chloride. I see (apart from the obvious defects) a bit of pattern there! http://www.iforgeiron.com/gallery/image/39525-pattern-welded-cable-blade-001/ Oh Frosty, I want to see the result if you ever heat up your powders in a can and beat it into something!
  11. My first forge welding experiment: a small blade. Metal salvaged from discarded hank of ancient wire cable from the local lake. Spark tested well, and seems to hold a good edge!

    © Merrick_Hard 2016

  12. My first forge welding experiment: a small blade. Metal salvaged from discarded hank of ancient wire cable from the local lake. Spark tested well, and seems to hold a good edge!

    © Merrick_Hard 2016

  13. Wasn't going to use the case hardening process to harden the steel per se, but just to make the dark colors darker in the resulting billet. So the hardening doesn't need to be even, nor will I be unwinding it to do so. Just to up the contrast between the shades of steel -my thought was case hardening before forging might make the individual strand boundaries stand out more -that is, if I'm able to keep it below burning temperature! Will do some more quench tests to be sure it is high enough carbon. A cool looking knife is nice, but a cool looking knife that can hold a keen edge is more important to me.
  14. To clarify: took a sample of the cable, heated above Curie temperature, and quenched in water. Oh, and no "sparklers" - took individual strands of wire rope (approximately 2mm in diameter), heated with propane torch until just a few degrees above Curie temperature, and quenched in water.
  15. So.. I salvaged some 2" thick steel cable from the local lake. Very rusty, but hardenable (quenched and was brittle and crumbly after).. Tried electrolytic rust removal, then vinegar bath, got a lot of rust off, but not all. Have it sprayed with oil to keep flash rust from happening before I get to it with naval jelly and a wire wheel. Question is this: would case hardening this chunk of cable (-before- I forge it into a billet), cause a higher contrast in the colors seen after an etch, or am I just opening another can of worms and making it harder to forge? Another wrinkle, I'd like to add a pure nickel guitar string wrapped counter to the direction of the cable twist, more pain than it is worth?
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