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Old 08-23-2019, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by allessence View Post
Nice work.

Sooting is also used for the forging of alum. When the soot leaves the alum it's at forging temps.

6061 can be welded with pretty much any of the 4000 or 5000 series of tig rod.

It really depends on whether it will be anodized later or not for color match.

Jennifer, you bring up a question for me regarding “sooting”. In the previous job I would soot the aluminum with acetylene and heat it til it was gone in order to bend it.

How would a blacksmith soot the aluminum without acetylene? Just curious.

As a side note, I also heard that you can soot parts that you want to protect from arc welding bbs from sticking, like chrome rods in hydraulic cylinders. This is still a rumor to me, I haven’t tried it yet. One of these days I will though.

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Old 08-23-2019, 10:06 AM
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Somewhere around here, I think I have a Hmong necklace that was forged from Aluminum. The better ones are coin silver. I got it in a refugee camp 40+ years ago.
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