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Old 08-13-2019, 09:53 PM
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I'm only a little over a month late on her birthday present this year, but I tried to make it a good one.

Started off drawing a pattern, then transferring it to 10 gauge mild steel and cutting it out.

I used a small piece of channel iron on top of the anvil and a rounding hammer to dome the buckle.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:58 PM
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The next step was the pivot bar and the stem for the buckle.

I made the bar out of 1/4" round bar, and filed a groove in the center for the stem to sit it so it can't slide around.

The stem is made from a piece of 5/32" welding rod.

One machine had .045 dual shield in it, the other had .035 fluxcore from working on some grain bins in the wind. I tried the fluxcore, still don't like it. Someday I will get the stuff to tig weld with my mp210, I should have thrown some solid wire in.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:03 PM
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The next step was to design the overlay. I started with a tracing of the buckle and drew different designs on it until I got something I could live with. I cut that out to use as a template and used contact glue to stick it to the nickel silver sheet.

Then the fun began with the jewelers saw. It didn't take as long as I expected but I broke quite a few blades, and cut myself into a corner more then once, where the saw frame didn't have clearance to go the direction I wanted.

After I cut it out I cleaned it up and prepped it for soldering.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:11 PM
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I didn't get any pics of the soldering process cause you don't have time to screw around, and to be honest I'm not very good at it.

The basic process, was I heated a piece of half inch steel plate in the forge, fluxed the overlay, and then laid it on the hot piece of steel so that the whole thing would heat evenly without having a flame coming around the edges and boiling the flux off. I tinned the back of the overlay and took it off the steel plate to cool off.

After shaping the overlay to sit flat on the buckle it was fluxed and carefully clamped down. Then I heated the back side of the buckle with a heat shrink torch until the solder flowed and the overlay was set.

The first pic is how it looked after soldering with just a quick touch on a 400 grit belt on the belt grinder to take some globs off the top.

I cleaned and polished it up again and then laid the engraving lines out with a sharpie.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:16 PM
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Here is the final product.

Its far from perfect but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

I have a lot of work to do on my engraving but I think once I have a vise and some more gravers made I will be able to do a nicer job.

I like the effect the wriggler has but I will have to pay more attention to which direction I make my cuts, as they show up brighter from one angle, and when you don't maintain the same direction all the way through your cuts it looks funny. I learned a few things on this one, so maybe the next will be easier.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:57 PM
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The next step was the pivot bar and the stem for the buckle.

I made the bar out of 1/4" round bar, and filed a groove in the center for the stem to sit it so it can't slide around.

The stem is made from a piece of 5/32" welding rod.

One machine had .045 dual shield in it, the other had .035 fluxcore from working on some grain bins in the wind. I tried the fluxcore, still don't like it. Someday I will get the stuff to tig weld with my mp210, I should have thrown some solid wire in.
Matt, The TIG torch from harbor freight for the Vulcan 220 pro will fit and work with the lincoln 210 pro the foot pedal will work too but you have to change the wires around or get the adapter from the LWS but better to use the adapter for the 210 to be sure you have a good connection
the Vulcan TIG torch kit comes with some tungsten and some cups too
far cheaper than going with lincoln TT set up...
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:10 AM
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Very nice Matt. Thanks for the pics and great write up too. As with anything, the more you do, the better you get.


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Old 08-14-2019, 06:46 AM
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Very nice indeed!!!!
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:33 AM
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That's beautiful work, no one sees the imperfections you worry about, but any real artist feels like they can do better.
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Nice work!
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