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11  Re: Copper Etching, questions in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: March 08, 2012 03:02:39 AM

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12  Re: DIY alteration on a too revealing square neck in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: March 06, 2012 06:25:01 AM
Take this with a grain of salt as I don't wear dresses (save the occasional Halloween).

The straps probably are the best bet for pulling up the neck line, making the arms smaller is going to be a problem unless you make them bigger, which should be reasonably simple.

Alternately you could just add a second layer of fabric to bring up the neckline.

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13  Re: Drop spindles in Spinning: Completed Projects by Blacksmith on: March 02, 2012 06:35:30 PM
Done with the first one

I made the ends out of rifle shell casings, they were the right size.
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14  Re: Building drop spindles in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: March 02, 2012 07:33:53 AM
Remember this one?

It's done! Someone already offered me something in trade, so it's currently spoken for. The others will be distributed in some manner or other, after all, how many of these do I really need?

This one came out much better than the previous experiments, it ended up much longer and more spindley that previous efforts. Haven't attached a hook to it yet, but I'm really happy with the center shaft, and the color scheme is not great, but good all round.
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15  Re: Building drop spindles in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: March 01, 2012 05:17:49 PM
Rough sanded flat so you can see what I did.
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16  Building drop spindles in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: March 01, 2012 04:28:11 PM

As threatened I decided to start building some more drop spindles, not done yet but I figure I'll share where I'm at and what I've gotten done thus far.

First off wood, I've got bits and pieces from other projects, if they are big enough they go in the bag.

Couple different types of wood in there, black walnut, zebra, purple heart, orange wood (not from an orange tree), oak, and cherry. Might be maple as well in there somewhere.

Next lay out the pieces that I'm planning on gluing up, type of glue is kinda important.

I use a couple pieces of 1/4" steel plate to compress everything after gluing things together.

I cut a couple pieces of black walnut to use for the central spindles.

45 min later everything is set enough to take the clamps off and start doing things.

Do some geometry and figure out how to cut what you want, then lay it out, sand anything out of kilter angle wise.

Glue and clamp

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17  Re: Wooden clad coffee cup in Completed Projects by Blacksmith on: March 01, 2012 06:21:08 AM
Well, there is a lot of geometry involved in making these, but the skills to do so are several hundred years old.
I basically make a really small barrel, the tricky bits are getting the bevels cut right and the taper for each slat correct. Each of these are made from between 14-18 individual pieces of wood, precision is a must.

See more on my picasa album.

This is the cup I use every day.
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18  Re: Building a spinning wheel in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: February 28, 2012 05:40:56 AM
Forgot do do drawings for upload, turned some more pieces for the wheels instead.
Maidens, oakMain HoldersWool carriers, poplar (I think)

Main Pillar

Secondary Pillar
I did all these yesterday afternoon, I quite like the maidens, fun turning those. I went ahead and sanded everything, then gave it a coat of polyurethane, will buff later before assembly.
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19  Re: Building a spinning wheel in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Blacksmith on: February 26, 2012 03:20:29 PM
Sorry about the delay, found some time today to get the main and secondary pillars turned.

Pictures as promised.
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20  Wooden clad coffee cup in Completed Projects by Blacksmith on: February 20, 2012 05:56:05 AM
I make these in my spare time, people seem to think they are awesome.

This is the most recent one I finished, if anyone would like I can post a link to some of the others I've completed.
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