Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Anodized Ti Shutterbugs

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is staying warm this week. It's been quite bitter here with overnight lows below zero F and very cold daytime temps, but looks like it will be moderating over the next week. That bodes well for travelers over the holidays.

It looks like my new steel shot cups will be finished turning this week. They need to go to the plater to be passivated though (chemically dipped and cleaned to remove raw steel odor from the surface of the metal) and so they won't be ready to go until early January.

Similarly, I have three batches of steel tools almost ready to go to heat treat, but once again, everyone is closed next week. So, middle or end of January on those.

I have another small ti bead project that is very close, so maybe I can get those out in the next week or so, along with the remainder of the Tiny Tim batch. We'll see how it all goes. This time of year is always disrupted due to family holidays, visitors, etc. And of course, there is also the end of year paperwork, inventory, taxes etc that eats up a couple of days. Who knows, maybe I'll even find a day or two to relax and watch football. :)

Today I have another little project that might make it to your mailbox before Christmas. These are the remaining flat ti Shutterbugs and I have anodized them my usual wide range of colors. It's a medium sized batch so I will make it 2 per customer on them and I'll do my best to get them in the mail today if possible. They run $60 each plus shipping.

Thanks as always for popping in today, and my very best and warmest wishes to you all for the holiday season!

All gone, thank you so much everyone!




John said...

5 days of Christmas!? :-)

Andy Batfish said...

Nice piece for the photographers amongst us!

Can't wait for the new Crawdady's and metric T-bones!

Merry Christmas / Happy Hannuka / Spectacular Secular Holiday !!!

Andy Mason

Jim said...

Peter - when we do chemical pickling and passivation, passivation typically refers to letting the "finished" steel breathe, as in letting it rest. Pickling is more of what you describe of passivation, where we let the steel (typically duplex or stainless) clean in an acidic solution, typically a mixture of reagent grade water, nitric acid and hydrofluoric acid. Interested if you do anything similar.

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks Jim. I don't do this part of it, it is sent out to a professional shop. Thank you for the explanation.

ihrsq said...

I think the Planet Pocket Tool is a good idea. I like the 1/4" hex opening for bits. Will buy for my motorcycle tool kit.