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    Silicone bronze tig cube

    I put together a steel cube with silicone bronze. I've been using it a lot lately. Pretty good stuff for differential metals and nice looking joints. I like making cubes because it's good practice for heat control in small objects. Once I assembled it I flap disk it and heat treated it with my acetylene Uniweld turbo torch. Tonight I clear coated it, but I'm thinking of doing an epoxy dip instead to give it depth in the color. Before i do though, I'm wanting to bevel some holes or cut some angles into it. Not sure what to do.


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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    The colors are cool
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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    Instead of holes I think making divots filled with black or choice of color filled resin would look pretty good. That's if you are referring to making it look like a die for dice. Then you can have easy to see contrasting colors and don't have to fill the holes or the whole die with epoxy/varnish/shellac
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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    Nice looking cube. For making it into a die I like the idea of drilling a shallow dimple (not all the way through) filling it with Silicon Bronze and then flushing it back off with a flapper disc. You could also weld the numbers on.

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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    If you have a belt sander you might give using that a try as well for smoothing the welds and putting the brushed effect on the faces. The swirls do look cool though.
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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    All good suggestions. I'm building another one tonight and trying out the same hammered bronze paint I used on my 1957 Lincoln. I covered the silicon bronze with Vaseline and painted the cube. Waiting on it to dry so I can wipe the silicone bronze off and see how it turned out.


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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    Got some of the edges cleaned up. Here is the jist of it. First time I haven't heat treated or polished a cube.

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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    Very Nice !!
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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    That's awesome, why do you heat treat it and what are your procedures?

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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    That hammered finish and the color looks a lot like the finish on the molten poured copper anodes from a copper smelter.
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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    Well done!!

    That came out nice.

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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    I had a friend here that did a lot of work like this with the heat coloring, he always used a very high gloss finish over his finished work. The colors he could achieve were awesome.
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    Re: Silicone bronze tig cube

    An acquaintance in Kodiak has achieved some great effects with heat --

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