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Raindrops For Tears
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« on: February 27, 2007, 02:36:59 pm »

Could anyone direct me to a listing for supplies for tinkering projects. I am personally after anywhere in the  British Empire that can supply brass plates that are not designed to be used for electrical outlets. But it did strike me that I might as well ask about supplies in general. I will shortly be raiding elderly relatives garden sheds but any advice would be gratefully received.

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Andy_W
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007, 02:40:20 pm »

Beaties and most good model shops sell small brass sheets in the U.K. along with copper and brass tubing.
Not sure what stores like B&Q carry.

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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007, 05:18:18 pm »

B&Q will supply you with brass tubes of a couple of narrow thicknesses, brass rods, and brass square-section thingies too.  They don't do brass plate, but they do do what they call "Red Aluminium" in various sizes as well as a few different kinds of silvercoloured meshes.  Not ideal, but that's what they do.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007, 07:36:45 pm »

   -not sure about brass, but you should be able to get copper and zinc plates at artist supply shops that cater to printmakers. i've also found lighter-weight sheets of copper and brass (as well as rods and tubes and such) at hobby or craft shops.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007, 09:54:16 pm »

There are a few Metal Supermarkets in the UK, but much to my disgust their opening hours overlap my working hours quite perfectly.  I mean really - places that don't open on a Saturday!
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2007, 10:54:26 pm »

B&Q do sheets of 'ornamental' metal, fretwork and that sort of thing, as well as the small amount of brass tube.

Just a thought, have you tried eBay? I've bought small amounts of metal stock at much less than the Metal Supermarkets would sell them for from the 'Bay before now.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2007, 06:35:55 am »

There are a few Metal Supermarkets in the UK, but much to my disgust their opening hours overlap my working hours quite perfectly.  I mean really - places that don't open on a Saturday!


BAH! Banker's hours...there are some places like that in Hollywood, and I'm thinking "owner is in his 80s, has had his store for 60 years, and still thinks its the 1950s" Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2007, 07:40:07 am »

For the UK, pick up a copy of "Model Engineer", or "Model Engineer's Workshop", usually a bunch of ads for various places selling materials.

Always get to know your local scrap yard...
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2007, 05:06:07 pm »

Could anyone direct me to a listing for supplies for tinkering projects. I am personally after anywhere in the  British Empire that can supply brass plates that are not designed to be used for electrical outlets. But it did strike me that I might as well ask about supplies in general. I will shortly be raiding elderly relatives garden sheds but any advice would be gratefully received.

Tears


Probably not the cheapest place, but http://rswww.com/ do brass stock.

Mechanical Products & Tools / Workshop Consumables / Engineering Materials / Non-Ferrous Stock / Copper And Brass




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Raindrops For Tears
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2007, 02:30:00 am »

While randomly stumbling through the internet i came across this site . It 'looks' like it might be useful for fairly cheap bits and bobs.

www.modelshop.co.uk

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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2007, 06:24:43 pm »

I've already posted these links in my 'Etheric Beam Pistol' thread, but they need a wider audience; first up- EMA Model Supplies- mainly architectural model supplies, but lots of domes, hemispheres, tubes and strange bits'n'bobs, and Hobby's- famous for dolls house acoutremounts, but do a lot of clock parts and many other useful items!
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2007, 11:45:49 pm »

Hello, Steampunk Forum. I must say I was quite surprised to find that this place was little more than a week old- for the sheer volume of posts, this promises to be one of the most active messageboards I've ever seen for such a topic.

I confess I'm something of a novice when it comes to tinkering with mechanics: I've always been more of a digital/electronics man, and find myself totally at a loss for where to obtain materials for decorative or functional prop/toy/gizmo-making. Does anyone have a good source (online or in the USA) for clockwork/gears/pistons/etc? Brass, copper, and fasteners are available in long supply from my local hardware store, but moving parts elude me. All the catalogs and stores I've found give me only a name and very vague specifications for these items- no good measurements, no pictures, nada. Any advice?
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