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About Pancho07

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  1. Vinegar and German silver

    Mr sells, apologies, I waffled for a while between where I put it and the alchemy forum but figured finishes were finishes. Thank you for the move. Special, Marc and Slag, thank you for the input I was a touch too hasty when I posted and should have updated after. I had seen that the wiki definition after I posted but life got in the way. That being said I only had had experience with vinegar and steel and didn’t know what it would do to other materials though I figured it would be mild enough. Got an answer on a FB gearmakers forum and they are bubbling away tonight.
  2. I’ve got a set of spurs that I’m repairing and refinishing for a guy, that are either browned or rusted. He wants them blued so I had planned to just dunk them in vinegar overnight to strip the rust off of them and clean them up before I do any repairs on them but I know nothing about the silver that is on them. If the vinegar just causes the silver to tarnish then that isn’t a big deal but they are not tarnished now so I’m guessing that it won’t tarnish from the vinegar I just don’t want it to get pitted.
  3. Who's made a set of spurs?

    Thanks George. Kinda sorta not really. I bought all of the pieces from a water jet company. I made the rowels but figured for the first couple sets I could cheat alittle bit. I did bend the bands in the forge. Just used 10 gauge mild for the rowels, if they wear out too soon we’ll try something different.
  4. Who's made a set of spurs?

    Thanks Tubal, I’m pretty pleased as far as a first attempt goes. Here’s hoping the guy they’re made for loves them too.
  5. Who's made a set of spurs?

    Well these are a long ways from perfect but here’s the first set that I finally got done yesterday.
  6. Stupid mistake coverup

    I’m going to just fill the top an bottom divot to hide it. It will probably eventually wear through but I’m not too worried about it after a normal wear in period.
  7. Stupid mistake coverup

    I’ll put one up this weekend I’m planning on doing another pass with the file first though. Asked him what finish he wanted and said to leave them silver so that will make things easier, just fill in and polish.
  8. Stupid mistake coverup

    I just opened that side up some more and while not perfect looks a lot better
  9. Stupid mistake coverup

    Spurs are generally self cleaning I think.
  10. Stupid mistake coverup

    Here’s what I’m working with. I’m thinking I might be able to just cut that back to the back of the divot and be good. That side is too thick anyway. Took a step back and I don’t think it’s as bad as I thought it was last night.
  11. Stupid mistake coverup

    I spose that’s one way of looking at it haha. My biggest worry is I’m already losing money time wise. I just had an idea though, fill the divot and wrap the shanks in copper with some decorative ingraving on it. Then the fill won’t show up at all.
  12. Stupid mistake coverup

    That’s basically what I’m planning on doing I’m just wondering if the mig/tig filler will show up after I blue them.
  13. I’m building a set of spurs for a local guy and made a stupid mistake on one of the shanks. Wen I was cutting the towel slots I tried to speed tings up by drilling out as much as I could and got one of the holes way out of line( the rest were cut with a hacksaw). This may be a moot point if he wants them left silver but if he wants them blued I’m wondering how much that spot will show up if I fill the divot in with the tig or mig welder and grind it back smooth. It’s not huge but if I leave it it will be noticeable. I’m not averse to making a new shank but would rather not if I can avoid it
  14. Who's made a set of spurs?

    Sorry I didn't use the search, I've never had much luck with them on this or any forum so I usually don't bother. I also forget that this farriers section is here.