Ops! You were right about the passage on steel in Counterpunch. Somehow I skipped the paragraph on page 103 and I though the only mention of steel for punchcutting was in page 91.
"Today I use C-45." wrote Smeijers.
This is interes…
Strage, copper is annealed by means of doing what harden steel.
>> So now you have your driven blank, how are you going to justify it into you finished matrice?
Nope, I still have a long way to go. At the moment I'm just trying…
@Wes Adams Thanks for the advice, but please notice that tiny steel gravers are way more fragile and prone to lose their hard than carbide chisels. The turn red in a matter of seconds if you use a dry grinder.
>>What is the black dot on the side of your counterpunch?
It's a small cavity it was already on the steel. It's from a batch I got from a friend who works in an metal engraving company.
Thanks for the advice. Yes, I had to re harden and temper several of my gravers after my dry grinder made them lose their hard.
I am also considering to purchase a Scheppach wet grinder. Of all Tormek alternatives, this seems to be the one with bet…
>> here is a curious fixture shown in Paul Koch's "Dolphin" article.
I couldn't find this instrument in my PDF version of such article. Are you sure the illustration comes from the same Paul Koch'a article?
I just tested again my primitive method and it can be done this way, albeit not so comfortably, with no drawing box, no film and no plasticine. I pressed my punch in my vise, then transferred carefully the soot impression on a piece of paper and the…
What about white spirit as fluid for the Pigeon lamp? Thats is what I am using and it works fine. I think the original 'petrol' used in them was close to white spirit (AKA Benzene, White Nafta, Was-benzene, Benzina). It's dry cleaning solvent, also …
@David MacMillan For the moment I am using an L shaped facer made out of hard wood and a base enforced with metal plates. It's crude but works acceptably well.
Question to master David: what is best stuff for facing punches, clear softer Arkansas …
Today I had a meeting at the technical school were the mould is going to be manufactured. Soon I will have more detailed quotations and I will send messages to all the people who contacted me for the project.
The mould in the picture above is the on…
The tip of a graver must be perfectly shaped and very sharp for it to cut steel in a clean way.
Regarding this, there are a number of youtube videos that I found very useful to learn how to prepare and sharp gravers:
Thanks a lot for documenting the process and sharing it. I tell you how I did.
I simplified the system because I still don't have several specific tool, but I successfully transferred the design by covering in soot a brass relief engraving of my mod…