Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Don't Worry, Be Bronzey!

Hi Everyone,

Fall is rapidly slipping away here in New England. The leaves are almost completely gone now, even the oaks, and we're getting a heavy frost each morning. Won't be long until the dreaded white stuff starts flying. Maybe this year I will embrace it, but it would be nice if we didn't get the horrible cold snap that went on for over a month last winter where temps never got out of the single digits and teens.

Well, I'm still waiting on the steel tools to come back from heat treat. I am resigning myself to the fact that I may not be able to get too much more out to heat treat this year except for possibly one more batch of the metric P13 Prybabies...Wedgies might have to wait until after New Year's, we shall see if there is still time for me to grind and finish them....

Anyhow, today I have something a little different for you. Quite literally, buried treasure! These big bronze GripCoins feature my antique stamp images. They measure 1 inch in diameter and although the original intent for these larger sized GripCoins was to create customized finger holds for electronics or other objects, the 1 inch diameter ones are really better suited to be pocket "worry stones" and the smaller stainless steel ones that I released earlier this year are better for creating actual grip points. Nevertheless, I am including a 3m adhesive dot with these just in case someone wishes to try it on a camera or tablet.

These little beauties have been aging patiently for the past year and I just dug them up this past weekend. Mother Nature has been having her wicked way with them all year! Expect to see minor dings, machine marks and plenty of heavy patina still clinging to the grooves. Some of the stamps are a little off center as well which contributes to the somewhat primitive feel.

I have not cleaned the bronze GripCoins very much so you can simply leave them as they are and let them shine up naturally in your pocket over time. Or you can hasten the process but hitting them with a little Brasso or Flitz on a paper towel or use a piece of worn out green scotchbrite cloth if you wish to bring up the highlights. I think most metal detector folks will tell you that over cleaning old coins is a no-no but here we are free to do as we wish and make our own personal interpretations as to the appearance and value of a modern created "artifact".

The stamped bronze GripCoins will run $45 plus shipping and the batch is very modest in size so once again, one per customer please. The link is below...thank you as always my friends and a safe and happy week ahead to you all!


Bronze ones are gone, thanks everyone! :)





    

8 comments:

John Beeson said...

Doh I get the notification for the Bronze disks, and don't get one for the Fancy minis. I'm jynxed I tell ya.

tim finley said...

Missed again

Russell Williams said...

Fingers crossed for the pitchfork.

Jim said...

Ditto for the pitchfork!

bobby said...

I think this is going to look good on a bronze Zippo that's been "heat treated" Thanks Peter I will post pictures of the finished product!

Easy Wind said...

Can that antique Trident stamp be used on steel tools? Or is that one only used on softer materials?

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks everyone!

Bob, the trident stamp shank is a little bit thin so not sure I can use it on steel without ruining it.

Jarno Goes said...

Hopeing in a Fleur de Lis for me... I like lillies...