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Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-07-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 870
Posted By fciron
I’ve seen toroid shapes spun. The inside is spun...

I’ve seen toroid shapes spun. The inside is spun first with the excess material following a nice curve curve. The whole piece is reversed onto a second Chuck where the outside is formed.
Forum: Beginner Projects 05-26-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,380
Posted By fciron
Those are looking great. That is a very lively ...

Those are looking great. That is a very lively looking tentacle.

Remember, actual octopus tentacles aren’t round, they’re more semi-cylindrical, with stickers on the bottom. That might make...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 05-25-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,775
Posted By fciron
Try searching for “tuck shrinking” here. I think...

Try searching for “tuck shrinking” here. I think you’ll find some folks hammering the tucks down into hollow blocks to shrink then, which is easier to get one’s head around. I just don’t have a big...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 05-25-2022, 05:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,775
Posted By fciron
How are you flattening the tucks? Tucking...

How are you flattening the tucks?

Tucking is the preparation for shrinking, so you need to hammer them down with a bit of technique. If you are flattening the tucks with the English Wheel I’m not...
Forum: Beginner Projects 05-13-2022, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,380
Posted By fciron
Those tools look good. I learned from Heikki...

Those tools look good. I learned from Heikki Seppa’s Form Emphasis For Metalsmiths. I’ll look for the newer book.

I made an enormous sinusoidal stake four a project. In retrospect, a series of...
Forum: Beginner Projects 05-12-2022, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,380
Posted By fciron
You might try bending over a stake rather than...

You might try bending over a stake rather than into a stump. Look up sinusoidal stake and anticlastic raising s used in jewelry and silver smithing. The techniques scale up.
Forum: General Discussion 01-02-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,995
Posted By fciron
Someone asked, I answered. Sorry for taking it...

Someone asked, I answered. Sorry for taking it off subject.
Forum: General Discussion 01-01-2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,995
Posted By fciron
I used silicon bronze wire in my MIG welder for a...

I used silicon bronze wire in my MIG welder for a few projects. Works great. You can gas weld it with Si Bronze filler too.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-31-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,489
Posted By fciron
That does look good and solid. I've got several...

That does look good and solid. I've got several rusty ones. I've heard of the "access panels" but never seen one.

Nice work, fun project. I enjoy my 67 Sprint quite a bit.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-10-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,056
Posted By fciron
There's nothing special about it, don't...

There's nothing special about it, don't overthink. It needs a little something under all four edges and something through the bolt holes to keep it from bouncing/sliding around. (Mine came in the...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-08-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By fciron
A hardwood stump is a nice tool as well. Even a...

A hardwood stump is a nice tool as well. Even a slight hollow will allow you to sink the shape quite easily and you can smooth it out by working from the inside on a flat part of the stump.
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Forum: Basic questions and answers 11-30-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 984
Posted By fciron
I don't think there's any actual stretching in...

I don't think there's any actual stretching in those. If you bent the lengthwise curve first, then the offsets will flatten when you make the right angle bends.

I'd probably put the U in by...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 11-02-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,743
Posted By fciron
The material in your picture looks like a webbing...

The material in your picture looks like a webbing strap. It's available in many fibers. Polyester or nylon webbing would be water resistant.
Forum: Miscellanous products related to metalshaping 09-08-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,487
Posted By fciron
Oh, that is a good point. It can dry out...

Oh, that is a good point. It can dry out completely and be rehydrated without any harm.

I transferred the dried out lump to an old jam jar, it seals better than the plastic jar it came in and I...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,365
Posted By fciron
That is a fun press. I had the same idea as OJ...

That is a fun press.
I had the same idea as OJ for a smaller one, but I would need one hell of a job to make it worth the trouble.

It makes sense for that application because each plate in...
Forum: Miscellanous products related to metalshaping 09-06-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,487
Posted By fciron
I think the problem might be the disappearance of...

I think the problem might be the disappearance of Engelhard rather than changes in chemical content. There's been a lot of consolidation in industry.


I'm. Harris Stay-Silv guy too.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 07-10-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,540
Posted By fciron
My first thought was similar. Shoot, doesn't even...

My first thought was similar. Shoot, doesn't even need to be three pipes, just one piece of pipe with a strip to brace against.
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 04-21-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,867
Posted By fciron
I can't tack aluminum without filler rod. I just...

I can't tack aluminum without filler rod. I just don't let it worry me.

Not much to add to the previous advice.
Forum: Welding Sheet Metal 03-23-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,240
Posted By fciron
I make a lot of copper lanterns. I use Sta-bright...

I make a lot of copper lanterns. I use Sta-bright flux from the welding store, it's a killed acid flux, a liquid I apply with a half inch brush. I usually use an copper (about 1" square) I scored a...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-20-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,655
Posted By fciron
You could try looking under "metal" or "aluminum"...

You could try looking under "metal" or "aluminum" in your local yellow pages if you want to try someplace local. A few phone calls may find a drop or smaller piece that could save some time and...
Forum: Metalshaping videos on-line 12-14-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By fciron
So the first mod keeps the sliding part from...

So the first mod keeps the sliding part from wiggling and the second one fixes the anvil holder to the slider?
Forum: Metalshaping videos on-line 12-14-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,876
Posted By fciron
What was you solution to keeping there lower...

What was you solution to keeping there lower anvil from wiggling around?

I've been pondering a similar backbone for mine and I'd like to steady the longer anvil at the same time.
Forum: Basic questions and answers 12-13-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,457
Posted By fciron
I spend as much time making the handle as forging...

I spend as much time making the handle as forging a hammer. The odds are a little better if I start with an oversized handle and carve it down, but not too much better.

I too prefer an octagon...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 02-22-2020, 10:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,261
Posted By fciron
That size with the short flange these would be...

That size with the short flange these would be good candidates for press work. You'd start with a round blank the desired size plus the twice the height of the flange. The forming die would have a...
Forum: Basic questions and answers 02-21-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,261
Posted By fciron
We need a bit more information. Are these caps...

We need a bit more information. Are these caps 1/4" or 2"? Are you making dozens, hundreds, or thousands? How precise do the holes need to be, both in size and in position?

Then we might be able...
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