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About teenylittlemetalguy

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    Addicted to creating
  • Birthday April 14

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  • Location
    Anchorage, Alaska
  • Interests
    Addicted to making things.
  1. Frosty, just happened to be taking a break when your email came in. John, Nickel alloys are difficult to move without cracking. you have to make sure you are hot and don't force it else it will crack. not forgiving like twisting mild steel. Also those cracks can be really small and hard to see until you move it. Nickel is nice for the high contrast but it comes at a high labor price for you. Silver is much nicer to use. That billet was about 1.5"w 2.25"L and after welding about 5/8" thick if I remember right. I rolled it all out flat before I made anything with it. Slag has a good point about toxicity. I use 90% rubbing alcohol as it is strong enough to get the job done and less of an issue. I try not to have MEK or Acetone in my shop if I can avoid it.
  2. This is a big stumbling block for people and an inherent issue to using coins since they are lumpy. IMHO Unless you take the time to flatten the coins you will almost always get what looks like cold shuts. They do not seem to go away with any amount of work. They only disappear when you overfire and melt metal so the oxides stuck in there can dissolve, which will blur your lines or completely combine all the metals into one color. You can remove the lumps by hammering the coins flat or sanding them down before welding. I would not recommend sanding Nickel alloys in your shop more than you need to as you can develop allergies. a rolling mill is nice to use if you are going to keep using coins. I recommend using flat new sheet metal. Your time into Mokume is WAY more of an investment than the extra cost of the metals. I would also recommend using something other than paper in you Jig as it burns out and reduces the pressure you put on the stack. I hear liquid paper works. I usually just make sure I have a nice layer of scale on the steel and be sure to not melt the metal. jewelers have Yellow Ochre "anti flux" that works and the welding shop will have products to stop welds as well, I forget the name right now. Here is a billet I did from copper and cartridge brass sheet. and the item I made from it. And finally. Don't get frustrated, this takes some practice to do right. Get a routine of what you know works and stick with it! don't bother with flux, it won't help. just keep the hot air off of any surface you want to weld.
  3. nice looking stack!
  4. Meeting in the morning in Palmer if you can make it!
  5. Not yet, we just confirmed he is coming. should have something after the next meeting in March.
  6. Palmer and or Anchorage Alaska. We may split it between the two places.
  7. Thanks for posting my blurb Glenn! We are very excited to host him.
  8. Copper and brass Mokume Gane pendant. 1-1/2" wide.
  9. Sorry it took me so long to see this, I got no notice. I have a jewelry roller and love it. they don't open as wide as I would like though. wish I had a McDonald as well. It would be much better for items like bolsters where the jewelry ones are only good for thin stuff.
  10. thank you
  11. Thank you, I couldn't be happier and I can't speak highly enough of Mr. Austin. He was a really good teacher. We usually get a guest teacher up every summer and we are trying to get him to come up so our whole group can see the process first hand.
  12. thats a good start! I bet she will love it. the good thing about pendants is they don't take a lot of stress so they hold up just fine when you have small crazing. Looking at this I would say you probably want to work harder to keep the air out from between the coins when you are heating. try hammering the coins flat before cleaning and stacking, that will be a big help I think.
  13. Always, thank you. It wouldn't bother me if the thread gets derailed...8-) I have used roofing copper from a local roof supply company and it worked fine. It sometimes needs a little extra elbow grease to clean it up but is typically cheap and easy to get. I ordered some low oxygen (LOHC) copper sheet from Online Metals via the web. It was not cheap but it is really nice to work with. the only failure I have had with it was my own dumb fault. Low Oxygen High Conductivity copper is way less susceptible to cracking so it is forgiving stuff to forge and seems to weld better in my opinion. They also had some Cartridge brass sheet. it welds to the copper good. if you are using a kiln set it at 850c, or it is fine in the forge as well. I buy fine silver in an ingot and roll it out myself to whatever thickness I want. I have heard you can buy ingots of sterling, but I have never tried that. the fine silver/ copper is a nice easy combo, if you try it after doing copper/ brass be careful as it melts at a much lower temp. Good luck with it!
  14. January 21st at Pats in Palmer.
  15. that little bear is a nice touch. I have always wanted to make a nice toybox. I still have scars from ours as a kid. (uncle had no idea how to clinch nails...)