Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Dungeon Black Tiny Tims

Well Happy Tuesday to you all! It's a glorious sunny day out there this morning and the light is getting stronger every day. We're still due up for some more cold days ahead, but you can tell the tide is turning and it won't be long before some milder weather comes around.

I've been slowly working on several projects. I have some timascus Mini Poltergeists started and am in the middle of sanding them down and prepping them out for milling. They still have a lot of work before the finish line but are coming along nicely. I have a big batch of 3v Steel Prybabies that have now been milled and are on deck for grinding. I still keep putting off the Stubby MiniBars but will have to bite the bullet and put in some time in front of the grinder very soon on those too...

Today I have some super cool little tools for you. Fans of my smallest tools will appreciate this handy new version of the Tiny Tim with rear pry tip, 1/4 hex lanyard, cap lifter, extra leverage mini pry tip, and 5/16 hex wrench. These compact little gems are CPM 154 steel with a rather wild and unusual Dungeon Black finish on them! 

I had a great deal of fun with these and the depth and variation of the highly distressed antique blackened finish is quite interesting. Expect character marks, scars, and patina galore! They truly look like something dug up from an ancient Iron Age battleground site and displayed in a museum...very fun stuff. :) There is a wide variety of stamps here, as well as a handful without stamps for anyone who wishes to request a plain one. I also have a half dozen lefties... 

Dungeon Black Tiny Tims will run $65 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for swinging by today and I hope warm Spring weather is coming to you sooner rather than later.

Sold out, thank you so much!
 

 
 

Monday, February 05, 2024

Timascus Prybabies!

Howdy all!

It's a bright and sunny one out there today, a welcome change from the endless dreary gray days that we have had for the past few weeks. The light is getting stronger and the days a bit longer too. A good time to start a few seeds for my tiny Alpine strawberries that I want to grow this year and that take a long time to get going.

Well today I have a super cool treat for you. These Timascus Prybabies are quite dazzling...the somewhat gummy material is absolutely dreadful to work with and does not mill cleanly at all. So I decided to skip the V notches on these and make them with simple bevels instead which I could grind rather than mill. They actually look very cool like this and I may make a few of the 3v steel ones this way later this year. Anyhow, The hand work involved with these is considerable, and require many more steps than usual, but I think the extra labor was worth it! 

I experimented with electrical anodizing and was underwhelmed with the finished effect. Yes, I could get more colors, but they are not as interesting, and two tone effects were a bit of a let down compared to regular titanium. And they already had way too much time into them to justify yet a second round of tumbling and reanodizing which is the way I normally achieve contrasting effects. 

So that left me with the torch method of coloring. I quickly found out that method required yet a different set of steps to get what I wanted, but I finally worked it out and settled on a good routine. These Prybabies vary in the color and contrast of the finishes, and the color palette is more limited. But the Timascus patterning is more vivid...And most importantly, heat coloring is far more durable than ordinary surface coloring, so these will hold up well for a long time, even in a relatively "hostile" environment such as a keyring....

And, for more of this material, I have a huge batch of Tombstones, another of Mini Poltergeists, and a third batch of tiny Larva tools that will be coming this year as well. So, lots of timascus items will be on the way as I get to them. Also, there is a lefty here today if anyone wants to email me for it.

Timascus Prybabies will run $99 plus shipping. The batch is tiny, so one per customer please...a second batch will be coming a few weeks. Have a great week ahead and thank you as always for visiting today!  

All gone, thank you so much!
 


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

White Delrin MultiGrip Beads

Hi Everyone,

Well, we just had a little cold spell and now we're looking at pretty mild temps ahead for the next week. So far we really have gotten off easy this winter, but we'll see how it goes in February.

Not too much to report on the projects. I will do a little grinding over this next week. I also need to fix a tumbler that is having some issues and change the ceramic media which is getting worn out. But I will have more tools coming up very soon. 

Today I have some white Delrin MultiGrip beads for you. These were left over from a few years ago and are some of the last beads with the smaller 1/2 inch diameter. The included rubber o-ring dresses up the hour glass shape rather nicely and adds a bit more grip to them, hence the name. ;)

White Delrin MultiGrips will run $30 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for popping in today and I hope your week is shaping up to be a dandy!  

All gone, thank you so much. :)
 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Area 51 Steel Superbug Tools

Well Happy Thursday Everyone. It's a sunny but frosty one out there this morning. I've already been out wrestling with my steep driveway and cleaning up what I missed from yesterday. I still have a little bit more to do later, but this is always a good physical workout for me so I don't mind. No need for a gym membership when you have a country property to keep up in New England!

Today I have some more CPM 154 steel Mini Superbug tools for you, this time with Area 51 grinds. A really sweet compact tool that is easy to carry and pretty much my favorite of the captive bit designs. These are stamped, although I do have a handful of non stamped A51 pieces for anyone who wants a plain one, just drop me an email. There are also some stamped lefties available as well. 

A51 Superbugs will run $75 plus shipping and the link is below. Thank you as always for swinging by today, and I hope your week is going well. :)

Sold out, thank you so much!
 

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Stamped Brass Megas

Hi Folks,

Snow is coming down pretty good this morning, but it is light and fluffy. We will probably get 4-5 inches and then we're in for a deep cold snap for at least a week or more.

I finally got all caught up with paperwork and inventory tasks and am looking at projects for the winter. I'm just about ready to go with the steel A51 Mini Superbugs. Still haven't decided on final finishes for the steel Tiny Tims, but they are coming as well. I have some grinding to do on some other items, but will definitely have some more tools coming up very soon. As for ceramics, I'm slowly working on a few new items and will have some of those coming in a couple of weeks.

Today I have some Brass 6 Flute Mega beads for you. These are all stamped. The plain ones without stamps were all gone awhile ago, so just these stamped ones remain. They have my usual wide variety of stamps, and all of the images are quite small of course.

Stamped Brass Megas will run $35 each plus the shipping. Thanks for coming by today, and stay warm out there! 

Sold out, thank you so much!
 

 

Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Happy New Year! :)

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday week and had some time to relax. It finally is trending a little sunnier here after weeks of gloom and damp. But now it's turning a little cooler and I think we have a few inches of snow on the way for the weekend.

I've been catching up on paperwork and will probably take a few days here to take it easy and just pick away a bit at some projects. Coming up in late January or early February will be 3v Steel Prybabies. I have a small batch of timascus tools that I will get going on in the next week or so. I have a big batch of steel Tiny Tims that came back from heat treat right before the holidays and I need to sit down and figure out how I want to finish those. Some A51 Mini Superbugs are coming along and will be done soon. I have several batches of items that need grinding, and a few things that I started last year but never really got going on them. It's been a pattern for years, but I seem to often be good at starting stuff and then losing interest temporarily, only to take it up again a little later, hehe...at any rate, this is likely to be a very busy winter so stay tuned for all sorts of interesting goodies!

Today I have some left over plain Atomic Wedgies for you. I also have a handful of the stamped ones left as well if anyone wants to email for them...all of the lefties are gone btw...

Atomic Wedgies run $85 plus shipping and the link is below. As always, I thank you for popping in today and hope 2024 is a great one for you all.

Plain are all gone! I do have a few more stamped if anyone wants to email me...thanks again folks. :)