Friday, January 19, 2018

Bronze Mini 5 Flutes

Hi Folks,

Happy Friday! It's still very wintery here with snow stubbornly clinging to the trees and a good foot or more of white stuff on the ground. Hopefully we will get some slightly more moderate temperatures for the next few weeks though as that last cold spell was positively brutal.

I don't know what it is about this time of year but for some reason it's always good for coming up with new ideas. I've had a few new ones lately and hopefully at least two or three of those will actually pan out. A little more research is in order I think and every year I buy tons of product samples, materials and various supplies in order to explore and test the possibilities.

The fun thing about making drawings is that I might sit down with one idea in mind but then the hours slip by. I might make 4 or 5 versions before finally ending up with something completely different from the original idea. And if I do come up with something that I like I will usually print it out and set it aside. Then the next day or two might see considerable revisions as I continue to think about the tool and make small tweaks to it. One thing I have learned though is that no matter how much I might be smitten with the first versions, they usually look crude to me by the time I settle on the final version. It's often very subtle stuff.

Example: Working name Small Fry but I might end up calling it a Clawbaby, we'll see.

Version 1 which sat for two days: 

Version 2- Final this morning:

Anyhow, today I have the remaining Bronze Mini 5 Flute Lanslides finished. These have a rich chocolate colored patina started on them already and the highlights will continue to develop the more they are handled. Probably my personal favorite bead material of all as I love the warm coppery tone of the bronze.

The Mini 5 Flutes are $30 plus flat rate shipping and there is no limit on quantity. Thanks so much everyone and hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

All gone, thanks again everyone!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bubble Glow Game Coins

Hi Folks,

Happy New Year to you all! Wishing everyone the very best for 2018.

I'm sorry I've been so scarce lately but the whole family has been sick for the past three weeks with the nasty flu that's going around, and we're STILL not completely over with it yet. Crazy how this thing lingers forever, and countless people around here seem to have it also. And yes, I did get the flu shot this year, but to no avail...Anyhow, it's made for a very slow start to the year for me. I'm just now starting to get my energy back and have been fiddling around in the shop over these past few days. So hopefully I can put the coughing, snorfing and hacking behind me and start to get things rolling again now. Sheesh! :)

There is much on the schedule ahead for this winter. I wasn't able to finish everything I had going last year so a ton of projects are spilling into the new year. I still have a few Spin Coin variations to finish. Also several versions of the mini 5 flute beads including anodized titanium, bronze, red aluminum, black delrin and stainless steel. So those are all coming over the next couple of weeks as well as the Zr Mini Triangles which are sitting on the bench waiting for me to do the grinding and finish work.

For steel tools, the long promised metric 3v Crawdaddies remain in progress, hopefully heading for completion later this winter. Another tool that has already been cut, surface ground and is waiting for me to start working on them are some nifty steel R37 rulers with pry tips!

There is a brand new titanium tool on the drawing board and that one is a definite go. A simple and elegant item designed primarily for gardeners, it will also have some crossover appeal as well. A freshly designed new mini pry tool in ti or steel is also pending and I will be cutting a small batch soon.

More KingPins are coming. I have titanium ones started and the heads are already stamped with decorative stamps. I do not have the pins ground yet though so they will be a little while before I can finish them. Also, I will be making copper KingPins with stamped heads but they may prove a bit trickier as the stamping needs to happen after mounting the pins so as not to collapse the pinhole.

There are several other previously mentioned projects underway that need to be finished including TightWads and PieceMakers. I'm really going to make an effort to get these done this year. More info on them once I have cleared the decks a bit.

Well today I have a few more Antique Brass Spin Coins with Glow Centers done. These are Game Coins, and on this group I decided to do them with my slow drying glue that makes the bubbles underneath the glass. Many people expressed a preference for this cool 3d bubble effect so I did up a few dozen more of them over the holidays.

Bubble Game Coins will run $90 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you all are staying warm and healthy this winter!

All gone, thank you so much everyone!




Friday, December 22, 2017

Hypno Coins!

Hi Folks,

Dark and brooding skies here today and we're expecting a few inches of snow later on. Good day for a super quickie sale or two...

Today I have a tiny batch of special titanium Spin Coins. These have a milled spiral in the bottom which gives the classic "Hypno" tunnel effect when spinning. These are so much fun and the two tone anodizing really heightens the effect. Crazy cool stuff!

I have just 13 of these little gems today, all a little different. There is another bit larger batch of ti Game Coins with similar spiral milling which will be coming later this winter as well.

The Hypno Titanium Spin Coins will run $85 plus shipping and the link is below. Thank you for visiting today and hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Hypno Coins are gone, thanks again everyone!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Brass Game Coins with Glow!

Hi Everyone,

The harsh winter weather continues here, bitter cold and gray outside these past few days but a bit sunnier today.

Well we're fast approaching year's end and I'm still steadily chipping away at projects this week. I put in a few hours this past weekend despite the endless distractions and will have some more goodies coming along this week and probably next week as well... I already have some really cool items scheduled for winter too. Honestly though I'm really looking forward to slowing down after the holidays which will give me the chance to hang out in the shop and get some work done at a pace that is a bit more leisurely.

Today I have more Glow Coins for you! These are stamped brass Game Coins with antique finish, and they feature my usual wide ranging assortment of decorative antique stamps. They are so much fun and I want to thank everyone for the many kind words and emails I have gotten after the previous glow coin releases. Glad to hear that you all are enjoying them as much as I have enjoyed making them.

The Brass Game Coins with Glow will run $90 plus shipping and once again this is not a huge batch so one per customer on them please. Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

Sold out, thank you so much everyone!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Titanium Glow Coins!

Hi Everyone,

Thermometer was reading 7f earlier when I took out the garbage, so nice and frosty out there this morning...we had the oil burner guys here to fix a faulty zone valve and bleed some air from the system so now we should be all set to face the coming months.

With all the recent sales taking my time I haven't been making much progress in the shop this past week, but I still hope to complete some more stuff for next week, probably some beads. The Zr Mini Bermuda Triangles are also contenders but it's looking like they probably won't be done next week after all. So maybe after Christmas for any case, I am looking at all my projects and trying to decide what I can realistically complete before the end of the year. We'll see how it goes this weekend.

Today I have the second round of GID Spin Coins ready! These are turned from solid titanium bar stock with a nifty "petal" pattern milled around the rim and they are anodized contrasting colors. They are quite striking. I used super glue to attach the glass lenses on these and most future glow coins, so they have a smoother appearance rather than the lacy look of the bubble ones from yesterday....also, there are a half dozen without anodizing too, available by request, for you ti fans who just like plain old vanilla. You know who you are, haha...

The Titanium Glow Coins will run $90 plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. It's a very limited size batch, only about 3 dozen, so it will be one per customer again please. As always, thank you so much for stopping by and hope your weekend is starting early!

These are sold out,thank you everyone! :)


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bronze Glow Coins!

Hi Folks,

Brrrr, pretty darned cold out there this morning with the temps hovering around 17f. Ice and snow covers the yard and despite being well sanded the roads are still not quite melted clean from the storm earlier this week. I had to perform an emergency fix on my mailbox yesterday as the town plow had knocked it completely off the post. It's supposed to get down to the single digits tonight so we're staying quite bundled up here in the northeast.

Today I have another really cool drop to offer you, bronze Spin Coins with glow inserts! I've been working on these off and on since the summer and just finally have enough finished to do some sales for them. This is the first small batch, with several more interesting variations to follow.

These non stamped bronze Spin Coins are basically the same long spinning design as the previous batches. But instead of leather inserts, this time I decided to try some glow in the dark effects. I found some GID insert material that works surprisingly well indeed....I'm extremely picky about GID and while this stuff isn't quite on par with, for instance, the C3 Superluminova you might see on some of the better German watches, it definitely does glow nicely all night long so I'm really happy about that. It probably helps that it is a large surface area compared to tiny watch hands.

I did try a comparison piece with epoxy and the best glow powder btw, and these are far brighter. That is largely because it takes an enormous amount of powder plus a white painted base surface to really get a decent effect. I gave up after one test piece because it was obviously going to be a crazy amount of work for no real benefit. I tried glow paints too, same issues plus very messy.   

The glow is really neat, but what makes these Spin Coins extra special is the solid glass lens. Now, if you were to merely set some glass on top of the insert like a watch crystal, the finished object does look interesting and the glass keeps things underneath from getting dirty. But if you take matters further and physically CEMENT the two together something truly magical happens. The glass lens now becomes connected and it picks up whatever is on the underlying surface and projects it around the curved dome. From the side it creates a remarkable three dimensional type effect similar to a glass marble. The underlying surface becomes animated and will move and distort slightly as you tilt the coin. It's mesmerizing and just soooo darned cool. :)

On these first coins, I was experimenting with various adhesives to attach the glass and at first everything was going perfectly. I spent more than an entire day assembling and attaching glass to these, and they looked awesome. But after they had dried for a few days I noticed that tiny gas bubbles had formed under the glass and some of these bubbles continued to increase in size for several days afterward. At first I thought this was a defect and was absolutely disgusted that my hours of hard work were ruined, but then I realized that the bubbles are actually quite beautiful! On subsequent batches I have switched to super glue which is also very tricky but produces a clearer effect, although I am once again toying with the idea of trying some more bubbles as well. We'll see how it goes...anyway, there are more brass Game Coins with glow following these bronze ones, and also some wild alternate designs in titanium.

Bronze Glow Coins will run $80 plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. There are only a few dozen so it's one per customer on them please. A much larger batch of antique brass Game Coins with glow will be coming soon plus a handful of stainless and some titanium. Thanks for dropping by today and have a great weekend!

All gone for today. Thanks so much everyone!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fancy Titanium Rulers

Hi Everyone,

Well it's snowing pretty hard out there this morning and we're due for another couple of inches it looks like. It might turn to rain later and make a crusty top before turning colder later this week. Good time to make some hot cocoa and have a sale I think.

Well today I have something super special for you guys. It's been a long time since I did any pattern finishes but I had it in mind for some of these R37 Rulers even before I first cut them this summer. These are part of the same batch as the last ones, 5/32 thick material. These tools are also stamped with the same wide ranging variety of stamps that we saw on the previous batch.

So we have stamps as well as patterning...Now, I was a bit limited on the patterns as all of my pattern making materials are very old, worn out and need replacing, so most of these have the gorgeous coral reef pattern on them. That's my own favorite pattern, but there are a few others here as well. The anodized colors vary widely too with many tools having multiple colors and color fades. For those of you seeking unique pieces, these certainly qualify, as every single one of them is spectacular and different from the others.

Pattern anodized finishes are delicate and not repairable so you might want to think twice before mounting on a key ring and banging them up. As with all anodized titanium you should clean periodically with a soft cloth and some Windex to remove finger oils and restore the vibrant colors.

The Fancy Ti Rulers will run $95 plus shipping. The batch is quite small unfortunately so it is a strict limit of one per customer please! Hope you all are staying warm this week and as always I thank you for stopping by today.

Fancy rulers are all gone, thanks so much everyone!