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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    It's LC brass!!! don't cut it up


    Sorry... I hate to see something that could give me so much pleasure if it were reloaded get cut up
    Let a couple cases take a hit for the team... LC will make more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    Let a couple cases take a hit for the team... LC will make more.
    Well..... I guess it's a little different than chopping up a 48' Tucker to make a yard ornament...

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    I think I did them justice! Very stoked with how they turned out.

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    Beauty shot lol
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    Keeping one and see if I can sell the other.
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    Time for a test drive!
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    A test drive would imply someone in the hottub... preferably a hot chick.... but sometimes you can't be picky

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    A test drive would imply someone in the hottub... preferably a hot chick.... but sometimes you can't be picky

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    One could do worse
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsii View Post
    A test drive would imply someone in the hottub... preferably a hot chick.... but sometimes you can't be picky

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    She's at work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    The boxes vary in count as they have a variety of random sizes so I guess they are packed by weight. 106 shoes in total for $68usd.
    You did great on that purchase. Depending on where you buy them a pair of shoes could be $4.00 to $6.00. St.Croix like Diamond shoes have a huge variety of shapes, thicknesses, and sizes. Those appear to be the thicker ones.
    The ultra lite or lite are a thinner type shoe. I've bought some recently for my wine bottle holders. Some have a perfect radius that matches a bottle perfectly.
    Here's where I get my shoes and blacksmithing goodies. You can match what you bought and see what the real price would be. You definitely got a deal !!!

    I use mostly all new shoes. They still need to be cleaned but the projects are cleaner looking because all the shoes are the same. Much easier working with same size, thickness, and shape of shoes.


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    This is one of my best sellers. Full swivel with tension adjustment using top shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    You did great on that purchase. Depending on where you buy them a pair of shoes could be $4.00 to $6.00. St.Croix like Diamond shoes have a huge variety of shapes, thicknesses, and sizes. Those appear to be the thicker ones.
    The ultra lite or lite are a thinner type shoe. I've bought some recently for my wine bottle holders. Some have a perfect radius that matches a bottle perfectly.
    Here's where I get my shoes and blacksmithing goodies. You can match what you bought and see what the real price would be. You definitely got a deal !!!

    I use mostly all new shoes. They still need to be cleaned but the projects are cleaner looking because all the shoes are the same. Much easier working with same size, thickness, and shape of shoes.


    https://www.centaurforge.com/default.asp

    This is one of my best sellers. Full swivel with tension adjustment using top shoe.

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    Thanks for that shoe insight BD1

    What did you do (if anything) to keep the swivel adjustment from tightening or loosening as it swivels? Also what finish is on those shoes? Just cleaning and clear coat?

    Definitely one of the nicer examples of horseshoe art I’ve seen
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    Thanks. I've been fortunate that the Equine people love it. Especially at $100.00 each.
    I use 5/16" rod and thread one end for top.
    A 5/16" nut tacked to shoe with a lock and flat washer . It doesn't take much to apply tension and never had a issue tightening up.
    As for finish it depends. Pictured on is plain because customer wanted to paint it.
    Clearcoat is what I have done and has a nice finish.
    My neighbor just started with bees.
    I'm gonna try a beeswax finish on some of my work.
    I will say, my first trip to Centuar Forge was
    enlightening. I had no idea there were that many types, shapes, and thicknesses.


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    I suppose this post could go in the blacksmithing section, but here it is. A customer wanted a bell with forged elements. Two have dogwood flowers and one has a branch and leaves.

    I am not exactly a fan of having to tack the leaf or flower to the bell, but it gave it a bit more strength. Additionally, once it develops a rustic look or patina as requested, I don't think you will see the tack.

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    Actually I like it as the “vine” is integrated into the hook/loop.

    I wonder how it would look if you did some thin vertical cutouts in the bell to simulate long leaves or fronds? Maybe too busy....
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    Those crowns are a really nice touch, you did a great job on capturing a natural look psacustomcreation.

    An idea for hiding the welds would be to drill through the middle of say the leaf, and plug weld to the bell, then blend. On the vine/branch I would cut a small section of the vine/branch itself out, and fill with weld (open root weld basically with the bell as the backer), then shape and blend to make the vine look continuous and like it's only lying against the bell (cut a bit of relief on the underside to complete the illusion).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Actually I like it as the “vine” is integrated into the hook/loop.

    I wonder how it would look if you did some thin vertical cutouts in the bell to simulate long leaves or fronds? Maybe too busy....
    Quote Originally Posted by SlowBlues View Post
    Those crowns are a really nice touch, you did a great job on capturing a natural look psacustomcreation.

    An idea for hiding the welds would be to drill through the middle of say the leaf, and plug weld to the bell, then blend. On the vine/branch I would cut a small section of the vine/branch itself out, and fill with weld (open root weld basically with the bell as the backer), then shape and blend to make the vine look continuous and like it's only lying against the bell (cut a bit of relief on the underside to complete the illusion).
    Thanks Terry and SlowBlues.

    In regards to the cut outs, it definitely changes the sound, and frequently in a good way. I might play with the plasma a bit and try something on one after the customer makes a choice.

    SlowBlues, I did something similar to your technique with with branches on these. It is just really obvious right now since the ground area is a different color. Your idea of a plug weld is great and I can do that on other ones.
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    Made this seahorse a couple of weeks ago. Inspiration was Shootr's I-beam Nautilus and a gear I found on the street which is now its eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    Made this seahorse a couple of weeks ago. Inspiration was Shootr's I-beam Nautilus and a gear I found on the street which is now its eye.
    I like that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    Made this seahorse a couple of weeks ago. Inspiration was Shootr's I-beam Nautilus and a gear I found on the street which is now its eye.
    Really nice looks like that required a fair amount of patience. Is that stainless? It somehow has the illusion that the
    tube is smaller at the bottom, maybe because of the way it's cut into smaller slices?

    Would certainly like to know more about your procedure if possible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    I like that!
    Thanks Terry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LtBadd View Post
    Really nice looks like that required a fair amount of patience. Is that stainless? It somehow has the illusion that the
    tube is smaller at the bottom, maybe because of the way it's cut into smaller slices?

    Would certainly like to know more about your procedure if possible
    The body is all 40x40x3mm square tube partly cut in the bandsaw and then bend in the right shape.
    The head and backfin I cut out of 2mm sheet with the plasmacutter.
    I had to weld the cuts in the tailsection partly up to get some strength back in the tail so it could stand on it.
    My first idea was to grind those weld flush again, but I liked the texture of the protuding weldbeads and desided to weld beads at each cut to give it a more realistic look. A seahorse has pronounced ridges at each section and I tried to mimic that.
    Everything is mild steel except the gear which is the eye. It´s sitting on the front lawn now gathering rust. I like the color of rust.
    The base is a lenghts of 12mm stainless roundstock welded to the tail and pushed into the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    Made this seahorse a couple of weeks ago. Inspiration was Shootr's I-beam Nautilus and a gear I found on the street which is now its eye.
    That looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    Made this seahorse a couple of weeks ago. Inspiration was Shootr's I-beam Nautilus and a gear I found on the street which is now its eye.
    Eye see...very nice

    It sure helps to have the right gear when you want to make stuff!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    Made this seahorse a couple of weeks ago. Inspiration was Shootr's I-beam Nautilus and a gear I found on the street which is now its eye.
    I really dig this - but I'm not going to let the missus see it or it will be put right at the top of my to-do list - A\and I don't think I could make all those tiny cuts worth a darn! Like Richard said, those little cuts fool the eye and do indeed give it a tapered, realistic look. Awesome job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    I really dig this - but I'm not going to let the missus see it or it will be put right at the top of my to-do list - A\and I don't think I could make all those tiny cuts worth a darn! Like Richard said, those little cuts fool the eye and do indeed give it a tapered, realistic look. Awesome job.
    Awwww... come on that would make a cool bday/xmas/etc... gift for your missus especially if you were to do 's' cuts with a plasma or something!!!!

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    E. T. Awesome job on the Sea Horse. That sure looks like a heck of a lot of cuts.
    I don't think Shootr's piece had that many.
    Pieces made with tube and I beam. Next will be pipe or round tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E T View Post
    The body is all 40x40x3mm square tube partly cut in the bandsaw and then bend in the right shape.
    The head and backfin I cut out of 2mm sheet with the plasmacutter.
    I had to weld the cuts in the tailsection partly up to get some strength back in the tail so it could stand on it.
    My first idea was to grind those weld flush again, but I liked the texture of the protuding weldbeads and desided to weld beads at each cut to give it a more realistic look. A seahorse has pronounced ridges at each section and I tried to mimic that.
    Everything is mild steel except the gear which is the eye. It´s sitting on the front lawn now gathering rust. I like the color of rust.
    The base is a lenghts of 12mm stainless roundstock welded to the tail and pushed into the ground.
    Thanks for the information, much appreciated! Really nice work there
    Richard

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