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  1. sidewinder81777

    First time

    I'm very new to smithing in general but quarter mokume sounded relatively easy so into my little micro forge a stack of 8 went. surface prep was a scrub with steel wool and an acetone bath, I did't use any kind of press just pulled the stack out with a pair of needle noses when they started to sweat and gave them a couple light whacks. The first heat the top and bottom quarters didn't stick so just did a couple reheats until everything was nice and fused. then ground the edges and just stared at the billet for a few days contemplating where I wanted to go from there. thought of restacking a couple times to bring the layer count up but dropped that idea and just shaped it up and ladder patterned it at 24 layers. should make a nice pendant.
  2. sidewinder81777

    Hello from north Florida

    Excellent, it's at 24 layers now so will probably stack it a couple times to get it up to 96 cause why not. Will make it look better when i ladder it. Hopefully i still have a usable amount of material when I'm done lol.
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    Hello from north Florida

    I may draw it out into a longer bar and cut and stack a few times to get the layer count up before I ladder it. I understand with coin stacks you don't need to flux for whatever reason but does that still apply after the first weld. If i cut and restack or hot cut and fold will I have to flux at that point or is whatever magical quarter properties that applied in the first weld still active?
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    Hello from north Florida

    Thank you everyone. And frosty I haven't done anything else with the quarter billet yet but I plan to ladder pattern it. I'm pretty sure I'll still have enough material left after that for a pendant.
  5. sidewinder81777

    Hello from north Florida

    Oh well didn't cost me anything but time really. And every failure is a lesson learned. I'll use it until it fails then do something else lol. After all it's just a dog food can.
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    Hello from north Florida

    Thank you! We have 4 pallets of perlite aggregate at my work that we got years ago for a project that didn't pan out. I actually scooped a few handfuls from a broken bag off the floor and mixed that with plaster of paris as an experiment. It seems to be degrading fairly quickly though around the point where the torch flame hits the side of the forge so I'll definitely be going with a different solution when I make a larger forge. probably just a soft firebrick lined steel box.
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    Hello from north Florida

    My name is Josh, I'm 41 and from Jacksonville, Fl. I've been interested in blacksmithing for quite a while. Between watching forged in fire and man at arms and Alec Steele vids lol. I finally made myself a little micro forge out of a large dog food can and started playing around with some stuff on a small scale (jewelry mostly) with a decent degree of success. just today I was pleased to discover that though there is no way my current tiny forge is going to get to welding temp for steel, it WILL get hot enough to weld a stack of quarters, so I'm kind of over the moon right now over my little pendant sized mokume billet lol. Can't wait to scale up and start doing some bigger stuff!