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Old 11-30-2009, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Some aluminum / flat / ano'ed / jeweled experiments

Greenmtnphantom donated an old F4 body that I used for some experiments. It helped me work out several issues with my jeweling setup relative to flat surfaces and aluminum. It helped with my ano setup as well, but I won't be offering to take money for that process any time soon.

Here is the body with some WD-40 on it to keep it from oxidizing.




Here it is with a Rit Kelly Green, full ano and sealed. I got in a hurry and messed it up in spots, but at least you can see how the jeweling looks.





This is the next subject, a scrapper alley cat.



This is the cat cleaned up and oiled, waiting for a patient day for ano.





I'm thinking the ano needs to be thinner, with a lighter dye "time" in order to keep the brightness. This is why I think it needs to go to a good anodizer. I'll eventually restrip and ano the F4 and see the difference in the jeweling, but my previous tests seem to show that it fades out a bit.

Here's the jeweled cat after no caustic etch, but a full clear ano and boiled seal. You can see some of the fading I was looking at. I dyed some of the other parts. The marker as a whole is looking pretty funky.

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Old 11-30-2009, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great Job! Glad to see that old body came of some use to someone.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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sick.....looks nice
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That looks awesome!
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how many hours did u put into that?
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how many hours did u put into that?
It's hard to say, but I think there was about 6 to 8 hours between the three projects (jeweling, ano, jeweling) and I was doing multiple things like fiddling with the ano bath and dyes and tweaking the jeweling carriage. I had the alley cat already polished. I think the F4 only took a couple hours, but I intentionally went straight through in places so that I could get a look at the whole thing. I was also trying to get the rhythm and touch down for aluminum side to side instead of stainless round and round. Setting up the pieces is the hard part.

Another experiment that went on with this is that I plugged the thread inserts with canning wax to keep them from getting burned out by the ano. That worked great until I forgot to use a cooler temperature in the dye bath. It didn't seem to hurt the dye any, just made a mess in the dye. I might try some nylon screws in there next time. The valve locator pin was only half covered with wax, so it was only half eaten out.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hrm. You're really getting into this. I may have some donor pieces for you to test out slightly more complex surfaces soon.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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very nice job, I really like the work
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That's really nice looking.
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I'm really liking the look.
If and when you take in some work I might have a few ideas.
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