Yup, I'm back again...
Today I have something ultra cool for you. Something totally unique that you simply could never find anywhere else. I have been wanting to make a little tool like this for many years, and finally decided this fall to make some designs that would work well with the metal working techniques involved. This is the first of several versions. ;)
The Twisted Tims are made of upcycled Armor Plate Titanium, and are nearly 1/4" thick. The features include a 5/16" wrench, bottle opener, screwdriver, extra
leverage pry tip and 7/16" 12 point wrench. They are small, with the OAL around 3 inches.
After prepping and stamping, these were heated with a torch and then carefully twisted by hand and straightened, all simply by eye. What I love is how this work demonstrates the plasticity of the material, the ductility of hot metal. It's not something you usually would see outside of traditional blacksmithing because it's too small and fussy to be made with modern production methods...you'd have to be a lunatic like me to take the time I guess, haha. So worth it though.
The twisting makes for cool distortions of the stamps and I had some interesting moments trying to figure out how they would end up since twisting makes the images upside down when brought to the other side. Many of them have name stamps on both sides so are ambidexterous too....Most are anodized, but the colors are generally muted due to this specific grade of ti and also because of the heat affected twisting zone. I also have a small number without anodizing available upon request.
Anyhow, these were just a ton of fun to make and I know you guys are going to love them. :) A second version is on deck already, and then a third design is halfway done and on the bench for finishing after the holidays. So more will be coming shortly and then again this winter.
The batches are small, so naturally it will be one per customer on these please. They will run $85 plus shipping and the button is below. Thanks so much for dropping by today!