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Angel
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« Reply #75 on: November 08, 2008, 08:38:27 pm »

A hack saw cuts copper pipe better Wink

As does a copper pipe cutter.

















... but where's the fun in that?
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« Reply #76 on: November 08, 2008, 08:42:04 pm »

Also, the price of copper pipe is ridiculous, I think it is mainly used for it's good heat conduction, but you can get it for free! Just go for a big trek everywhere you can looking for skips, ask other humans if they've seen any work on houses being done and you will find skips and copper pipes in a few of them!

The problem with this is (and I know first hand) that workmen keep the copper pipe and sell it as scrap.

I'm somewhat lucky, in that my step-father is a gas man and I often help him on "Extra curricular" jobs, and he allows me to take components and such that we remove. I've snagged an assortment of compression fittings, a couple of taps and other copper fittings for my own use in contraptions.
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« Reply #77 on: November 11, 2008, 08:17:27 pm »

i recently payed a visit to home depot last week where i managed to get $30-$40US of 1/4" copper piping for $9. my trick you ask? simple. first locate the desired copper pipes and often mixed umong and pushed to the back you will find damaged pipes (aha! a discount!) gather up a good bit of bent and crimped pipes. next find a step would be to find a manager and ask if it would be possible to get a discount on the damaged items.
tips to get the best discount: when showing the manager your collection of damaged goods, show him or her the worst of the lot first. telling the manager that you would like it for art purposes like metal sculptor can impress some people, making them additionally interested and friendly toward you, resulting in the possibility of a lower discount.
after chatting for a minute ir two the manager i met was happy and interested in what i do and gave me a discount on each peice of $1ea for the 1/4" and $2 for 1/2". i was happy to say the least Grin
i hope my tips can help some of you in the future.

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« Reply #78 on: November 13, 2008, 04:49:10 am »

Here's a tutorial on how to do a realistic faux bronze finish using acrylic paints: http://hev-art.blogspot.com/2008/07/super-sculpey-and-faux-bronzing.html
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« Reply #79 on: November 16, 2008, 10:39:45 pm »

oooooooooooooooooo verry nice
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« Reply #80 on: November 29, 2008, 01:50:30 am »

Greetings,

I posted some basic leatherworking instructions in their own thread, these show parts of the construction of a leather bag which should be enough to help people work out how to do most of the things that they might want to do with leather.

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php?topic=12442.0

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« Reply #81 on: December 21, 2008, 11:50:21 pm »

Hello,

Nothing to do with me, but this is just about the most inspiring set of how to pages I've ever seen.

http://hmi.homewood.net/bellows/

Even if you're not building a concertina, some of the techniques and tips should be of use to us steamy types.

Enjoy,

Dr. Q.
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« Reply #82 on: December 22, 2008, 05:22:55 am »

Bellows! Fantastic! I needed to know how to make them Cheesy
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« Reply #83 on: December 22, 2008, 05:30:05 am »

The problem with this is (and I know first hand) that workmen keep the copper pipe and sell it as scrap.

They do. We've just had our kitchen re-done, and we've had to tell the builder that yes, we do want that old copper pipe. We still lost about half a kilo of copper.
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« Reply #84 on: December 24, 2008, 01:30:07 pm »

Does anyone know how to make or where to get Trent Reznor's goggles in the music video for Closer?

Small pic of them.
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The youtube video(still NSFW)
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« Reply #85 on: December 24, 2008, 02:01:04 pm »

Does anyone know how to make or where to get Trent Reznor's goggles in the music video for Closer?

Small pic of them.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

The youtube video(still NSFW)

Let's make a thread for it, I'll watch the video in a bit (when theres no one else around is it's NSFW Cheesy) And see what I can come up with







Also a reminder to anyone else, if you have questions on how to make something or a 'how to' to provide us with, make a new thread for it!
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« Reply #86 on: February 09, 2009, 05:29:26 pm »

Very nice how to's on here.
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« Reply #87 on: April 19, 2009, 11:02:46 pm »

I have seen questions in this thread before, so, here goes: how would one stick polystyrene to a piece of PVC pipe?
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« Reply #88 on: April 19, 2009, 11:18:08 pm »

I have seen questions in this thread before, so, here goes: how would one stick polystyrene to a piece of PVC pipe?
If you thoroughly roughen the surface of the PVC with emery paper, then epoxy resin should do it. If the polystyrene is the solid rigid kind then you could experiment with pipe welding solvent, sold for joining PVC pipes, however, being a solvent it might melt the polystyrene to a greater extent than is acceptable - so, experiment; it has great Steampunk kudos!
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« Reply #89 on: April 19, 2009, 11:19:14 pm »

Thanks for those two tips - I will see what can be done with either of them Smiley
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« Reply #90 on: May 01, 2009, 06:41:16 pm »

For a raygun project - How do you get a very high-polish finish out of simple spray paint or hand paints? I'm looking for a high-shine metallic result, chrome-like if possible.
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« Reply #91 on: May 01, 2009, 11:19:32 pm »

Some of the spray paint makers sell products which claim to be high gloss metallics, in the UK "Plasikote" is one brand. Don't know if that gets 'across the pond?' I'd say that the usual rules for gloss finishes would apply, lots of care taken to ensure a smooth surface finish in your undercoat layers and keeping the parts dust free as you apply the final gloss coats. Another approach is to put on a flat (matt) metallic paint and glaze the surface with gloss lacquers to give some shine to the thing.
Also worth remembering that 'shiney bits' look shinier if they are contrasted by nearby 'grubby bits'.
The number of modelmakers who spend hours producing the most beautifully finished pieces to amazing levels of perfection and then spend equally long "knocking back' and 'weathering' is testament to the value of the technique. (Not mentioning any names here.)

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« Reply #92 on: May 04, 2009, 07:03:18 pm »

I appreciate the recommendation regarding grunging the thing up a bit.

What precautions might I take to ensure a smooth surface in undercoat layers, other than a dust free work area? Unfortunately I did not grow up building models, and so I missed a lot of good developmental experience in this type of painting. Now, I must gain that experience as an adult making rayguns.
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« Reply #93 on: August 14, 2009, 11:51:52 pm »

Several even coats of high gloss clear spray really helps the shine come through.
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« Reply #94 on: October 08, 2009, 05:33:54 pm »

http://findermaker.blogspot.com/2009/10/scrimshaw-made-simple.html

Says it all really but id not thought about using reclaimed ivory etc...
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« Reply #95 on: July 07, 2010, 06:43:16 pm »

I found these on deviantart today:
P.S. This is my first post!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #96 on: July 09, 2010, 12:32:13 pm »

Those goggles are pretty good, and that hand too! However, one should remember, sticking on gears and watch parts do not make something steampunk.
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« Reply #97 on: August 08, 2010, 02:26:14 pm »

Found these vids on how to 'weather' stuff:
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« Reply #98 on: March 30, 2011, 01:35:39 am »

I can't seem to access the "How to age brass" section

Can someone help me out?

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« Reply #99 on: March 30, 2011, 02:04:59 am »

I can't seem to access the "How to age brass" section

Can someone help me out?

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What kind of patina are you looking for?
http://www.sciencecompany.com/patinas/patinaformulas.htm
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