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!

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