Sunday, February 28, 2010
messed around making a couple belt prototypes tonight. went pretty quick. i wanted to start figuring out some belt buckle ideas, but the collar buttons are pretty fun. it'll be good to try these out the next few days. i'm liking this tremp tan expose leather from horween. and finally, a perfect width belt. they be more on this to come in the future. i want to start making my own collar buttons so i can make them out of stainless or bronze or something cooler than the cheap chrome plated look. again, maybe raw steel?
messed around for a few minutes tonight, thinking about belt buckles. this didn't turn out as i hoped, but i still like the look of tig brazing, especially on unfinished steel. i'm liking the idea of using unfinished steel for leather hardware, at least in places where you would touch the thing all the time, the idea being that the oils from the body and from the leather will keep it from rusting. and we want to make things that are used on a daily basis, it'll keep you from leaving the thing on the shelf to rust, we'll see where this idea goes though....
got another flange made up on friday night. we'll see if this thing clears out all the smoke, seems like i might need a smaller diameter puller on the fan, but not sure yet. still have to make another flange to hook the end of the vent pipe out the shop door.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
this was kind of a bust of a night. trying to see about cutting out repetitive 2d forms that would hopefully quickly translate into 3d forms. it'll work, just not as quickly as i was hoping it would. probably not quick enough to do a series of pieces for production. also i decided to cut this out of bronze, so i'm having to tig weld as i go, instead of spot welding, which was the original plan. the spot welder won't touch bronze or copper, i guess they dissipate heat to quickly to make a weld. works awesome on stainless and titanium though, which would make sense. i wonder if i'd be able to spot weld these nonferrous metals if i had a spot welder with more oomph?
Monday, February 15, 2010
made this box for a guy in my drawing class who is a stenographer, and still transcribes notes using these old accordian folded newsprint reels. i guess he used to use carboard boxes when transcribing that would fall apart and the company who made them no longer does. so he wanted a badass box, and i am physically incapable of saying no. cool to make the whole thing from scratch though. stainless steel hinges, rivets, and sheetmetal. sheetmetal powdercoated black. also cool to be able to take something relatively quickly from computer model to real material. i love it when the computer translates in that matter, seems to be a step that is lost so much in industry. the people who draw the thing never seem to be the people that make the thing. i feel pretty lucky to be able to work on both sides of that translation.
finally got the powdercoating setup up and running in koboshop. finally got my own powdercoat gun. kiln works really well for cooking the coat, but will need to do some more testing on it, as it seemed like the top of the piece would get hotter way quicker than the bottom. i miss my old glass kiln...
Sunday, February 14, 2010
spent a majority of today making this sheetmetal loft for the plasma table vent. getting seriously close to getting that little mother effer hooked up and running. bout time, its been over a year since i've had it, and i'm itching to cut some parts. little metal trivets for every household in america right? thhhpphhhhh.....
Sunday, February 7, 2010
toshi's been exploring the idea of keychains lately, i chose to throw in a try, albeit a much less thoughtful version. cut some keyfob blanks @ aG's shop, wetted the leather, and pressed this logo frankie cut for me into it. been giving the pieces we cut a few weeks ago quite a workout this weekend franklin. anybody want one?
aG was kind enough to let me use the laser cutter this weekend. whilst i was cutting out some other files, he drew up a pattern for a wallet, so while we had the leather there, i cut an extra one of his patterns out and sewed it up by hand this morning. i've been wanting to make a new wallet for a while, we'll see how this one breaks in. certainly is pared down from my last wallet, time to live more high speed low drag. its made of horween's waxed-flesh chromexcel, one of my favorite leathers.
p.s. handstitching is a big long pain in the ass. if you ever by something that has been stitched by hand, i hope it wasn't cheap.