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    Chemicals are always an option, but if forge heat works as well - that'd be more awesomer.

    Don't have the compressor power for blast cabinet - yet. Or the room for one actually.
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    They call those "two baggers", LOL
    "Two Baggers".
    The old days that meant she had a bag on her head, and you had a bag on your head.
    You wore one in case hers broke !!
    That meant she was fkng ugly !!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    "Two Baggers".
    The old days that meant she had a bag on her head, and you had a bag on your head.
    You wore one in case hers broke !!
    That meant she was fkng ugly !!


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    "A friend" was doing it wrong. He double bagged the girl's head.

    I will let him know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    Chemicals are always an option, but if forge heat works as well - that'd be more awesomer.

    Don't have the compressor power for blast cabinet - yet. Or the room for one actually.
    I don't think those hooks are powder coated are they?

    PC is awful to remove....


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    There is nothing a forge can't accomplish. That's why blacksmiths are so awesome.

    Paint comes off just like galvanizing. Get that metal to a nice orange heat and you'll be left with naught but some ash and good memories.

    You might still have to get into the nooks and crannies with a wire brush to knock the crud out, but you'll definitely destroy the paint's adhesion.

    Works on tarantulas, too.

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    The only caveat to using a forge and high heat is if the hook happens to be heat treated...then you loose all that. I don't know how many hooks are heat treated, but it might be worth looking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
    The only caveat to using a forge and high heat is if the hook happens to be heat treated...then you loose all that. I don't know how many hooks are heat treated, but it might be worth looking into.
    No worries there, it's just for an art piece. But I appreciate your looking out for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    There is nothing a forge can't accomplish. That's why blacksmiths are so awesome.

    Works on tarantulas, too.
    Weird you mention that - went to Wildlife World (private zoo here) last weekend and got to hold several of them. Ticklish little suckers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    Weird you mention that - went to Wildlife World (private zoo here) last weekend and got to hold several of them. Ticklish little suckers.
    Now you've done it.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    Weird you mention that - went to Wildlife World (private zoo here) last weekend and got to hold several of them. Ticklish little suckers.
    You have blacksmiths trapped in a zoo.... and your first thought was to tickle them? Do you normally enjoy tickling grown men? I guess that's kinda "blacksmith-related", but maybe it's not exactly on point for this thread. Just sayin. Not judging or anything.

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    Did I call it or what....?


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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    There is nothing a forge can't accomplish. That's why blacksmiths are so awesome.

    Paint comes off just like galvanizing. Get that metal to a nice orange heat and you'll be left with naught but some ash and good memories.

    You might still have to get into the nooks and crannies with a wire brush to knock the crud out, but you'll definitely destroy the paint's adhesion.

    Works on tarantulas, too.
    I thought burning galvanized coatings is dangerous to your health? It gives off toxic fumes that can make you sick and even kill you. The guy at Black bear forge uses acid to remove galvanized coatings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Now you've done it.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnT View Post
    You have blacksmiths trapped in a zoo.... and your first thought was to tickle them? Do you normally enjoy tickling grown men? I guess that's kinda "blacksmith-related", but maybe it's not exactly on point for this thread. Just sayin. Not judging or anything.
    They looked happy in their enclosure... We got to feed them sardines and goose them with tongs.
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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    New art piece/Xmas gift start. Shrunk the hook eyes, smoothed the welds, cleaned up in the tumbler.

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    Lots of hand filing after welding, then tumbled. Sounds dumb, but I need to work on filing skills. It's kinda of meditative. After tumbling I can see where to do more.

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    Re: Blacksmithing and forging

    Might need to blend in the neck a bit more



    The angle grinder with flap wheel should take care of that. Meditative hand filing gets old quick...


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    [QUOTE=Lis2323;8829057]Might need to blend in the neck a bit more



    The angle grinder with flap wheel should take care of that. Meditative hand filing gets old quick...

    My Dynabrade 1/2"x18" sander is the best for tight areas. Using the 1/4'' contact arm and a 1/4''x18'' belt is my favorite tool for my artwork. It's used constantly !

    You can used a 1/2''x18'' belt on the 1/4'' arm. This allows the edges of the 1/2'' to flex and fit in the narrow crotches and do a great job.

    This is the kit i bought and the 1/4'' contact arm. I was skeptical about the 1/4'' belts, but they work great !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Might need to blend in the neck a bit more



    The angle grinder with flap wheel should take care of that. Meditative hand filing gets old quick...

    My Dynabrade 1/2"x18" sander is the best for tight areas. Using the 1/4'' contact arm and a 1/4''x18'' belt is my favorite tool for my artwork. It's used constantly !

    You can used a 1/2''x18'' belt on the 1/4'' arm. This allows the edges of the 1/2'' to flex and fit in the narrow crotches and do a great job.

    This is the kit i bought and the 1/4'' contact arm. I was skeptical about the 1/4'' belts, but they work great !
    I have the pneumatic Dynabrade.




    Even tho I equipped it with a swivel connector and short whip hose I'm pretty certain your electric model is more user friendly.


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    I don't think I need more tools, I need more patience and more practice. These next few efforts - I'm focusing on slowing down, working the edges so to speak to reduce/eliminate rough spots, flaws - anything and everything avoidable.

    I've been an amateur photographer for some 40 years - all that time as taught me that the tools don't make a great shot - experience, practice, and attention to detail do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    I don't think I need more tools, I need more patience and more practice. These next few efforts - I'm focusing on slowing down, working the edges so to speak to reduce/eliminate rough spots, flaws - anything and everything avoidable.

    I've been an amateur photographer for some 40 years - all that time as taught me that the tools don't make a great shot - experience, practice, and attention to detail do.
    Totally agree and WELL SAID

    The rest of us will stick with what we do best......buying new tools. LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Totally agree and WELL SAID

    The rest of us will stick with what we do best......buying new tools. LOL


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    Buying ?? My kids keep telling me to get rid of stuff !
    I say I'm done buying but then.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    I don't think I need more tools, I need more patience and more practice. These next few efforts - I'm focusing on slowing down, working the edges so to speak to reduce/eliminate rough spots, flaws - anything and everything avoidable.

    I've been an amateur photographer for some 40 years - all that time as taught me that the tools don't make a great shot - experience, practice, and attention to detail do.
    I need both, more tools and more practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Buying ?? My kids keep telling me to get rid of stuff !
    I say I'm done buying but then.....
    The right tool makes any project more enjoyable, saves time, and does a better job.
    Choose wisely.


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    I've got rid of a ton of stuff. Literally.

    But you would never know by looking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Buying ?? My kids keep telling me to get rid of stuff !
    I say I'm done buying but then.....
    The right tool makes any project more enjoyable, saves time, and does a better job.
    Choose wisely.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Totally agree and WELL SAID

    The rest of us will stick with what we do best......buying new tools. LOL


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    That's more like what I meant - if it makes the job more enjoyable, I'm all in.

    But I have die grinders, burr bits, and dremels already - a skinny power file would be great - but my personal goal is to make do with what I've got until I've got enough pieces to do a local craft fair - then I'll allow myself to look at more tools.
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