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Chris Zaker

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  1. Thanks Vaughn, all good ideas. Unfortunately, the way things are looking.. I'm going to have to hold off on getting it plated for now ( I'll just have to sneak it back when I can afford to do it). Instead, I'm just going to have polish it to a mirror-like finish. I was able to get get some hours in on it today and I made some good progress. It's pretty much ready for some serious polishing. I have some new pics below ( newest-oldest) the second has markings for where I plan on wrapping the the wire. They're not the greatest with my current light source. I'll try to get some better ones up tomorrow. Burl would be an awesome choice.. If you don't mind me "borrowing" your idea, maybe I'll do it for my mom's ( she wants one, too! lol). I'll have more pics when I get her shined up. Thanks for the feedback, ideas, and compliments.
  2. Yep, I saw it too. The Unity Cross, a very nice piece. Thought about doing something similar but it didn't feel appropriate just yet lol. When I first started on it, I thought about drilling and making a ring at the head for it to attach to the wall but it wouldn't look right for the style. I've actually decided on repurposing some 200 year-old oak and making a wooden cross that it will mount to with braid brass wire around the cross-sections to attach the two and then have the whole piece hang.
  3. Besides all the potential risk that come with extreme UV radiation bombardment, the first time you get distracted or complacent and touch your work you're going to REALLY regret not having them on. While I wouldn't recommend handling hot material with them as you'll destroy them in a flash and they don't offer much insulating protection, TIG ( aka: GTAW) gloves are a good choice for their size, fit, softness, and flexibility.
  4. I started making this for my Girlfriend earlier today. She's very much into church and God. While I've never been exactly the church going type because of personal reasons, but I do believe. On top of that.. I love her. Anyhow.. I noticed last week that she didn't have a crucifix or cross hanging anywhere in her bedroom. I didn't say anything, but I figured I would fabricate one and surprise her. Below you will see the design I came up with, along with most of the rough fab work done. ( I didn't have much time to work on it earlier, and I still need to finish filling some voids and the grinding). My buddy suggested to me that should engrave it with a religious quote or scripture, but I might distress it instead. Depending on how much it would cost, I might have it plated in chrome, but I would prefer it in silver as it is considered to be a holy metal. This is my first attempt at making a cross. When I'm finished, I hope she likes it. I'll post updates with pics as I progress. Stay Tuned.. ( I uploaded the pic from my mobile, Tap or click-on the pic to view it larger)
  5. All of you guys, including the ladies too, are something else. I mean that in the best possible way. Myself and a couple of my friends just got started forging a few months ago . There are some basics that we know from welding, but for the most part, it has been a lot of hands on trial and error. I got to thank my long time friend Mike Nuttmann for turning me on to IFI. The information, personal knowledge and experience you guys share is truly invaluable. Thank You!

  6. Thanks everyone!! I really appreciate all the help. Sorry for not getting back to you all sooner, just had a lot of things going lately.
  7. What clay compounds are acceptable to use? Is it something that I'll have to make up myself, or is their a product on the market that I can use? Any help and/ or recommend recipes would by dualy appreciated
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