Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Bronze Treasure Glass!

Hi Everyone,

Happy 2022! It's hard to believe we are in another new year...it's starting out a cold one here this week with overnight temperatures around 0F. Quite typical for January in New England though.

I'm slowly getting myself oriented after my recent marathon end-of-year sales. I will have to spend some days in the shop getting new tools going, so expect some sporadic activity as the month goes on. But I already have some very interesting new stuff planned, so stay tuned. 

And now for something completely different! Today I have a super cool older project for you. I actually made these nifty little guys several years ago, but when I realized how much work they were going to be to finish (arrrrgh!) I set them aside. Sure enough, they proved to be a total nuisance to assemble, but it seemed like a good project to save for a frigid winter week. And so here we finally are.

The Atwood Treasure Glass is a small pocket magnifier lens set in a metal bezel. These cool little tools were turned from solid bronze bars and have a rich patina which gives them a wonderful antique look. The edges have my signature rifle knurl, just like the earlier SpinCoin project. These were drilled to accept a small split ring and so that they can be hung on bead chain, or alternatively a lanyard can be tied onto them. I highly recommend a lanyard as these can be slippery in cold dry fingers...The glass is lightly glued in place and then held fast with a large rubber o-ring gasket. Because of the delicate glass on these, stamping turned out to be a rather bad idea, so they are simply plain.

The simple meniscus style one inch diameter glass on these completes the old time effect and reminds me very much of the glass lenses on certain antique cameras. None of the glass is perfect and I literally discarded hundreds of lenses in order to find the very best ones. So if you look just right you can expect to see minor hair line scratches, shadows and tiny blemishes on all of them. The magnification is very low power, maybe 2x, so it is doubtful you would be able to start a fire with one although perhaps in the right hands under totally ideal conditions it could be done. Nevertheless, these are great for simple inspection tasks and they work nicely handheld in conjunction with a phone camera for some fun creative photography effects. 

This first wave will run $65 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for coming by today and I hope your New Year is already shaping up to be a great one!

Sold out, thank you so much!