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Rare artifact of the kingdom of Norssex, via Gallifrey

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Finally, a use for Sponge Bob.

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I'll have you know Spongebob is the guardian of my pipe tobacco.  He makes a great humidor, being, well, a sponge. 

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I have no idea how I managed to miss this thread until today. What an inspiring project Sir Alan. You are as gifted for the story as you are for the blade.

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Fantastic! Thanks for adding in the bits about how you did the pseudo-garnet work. I never would have thought to use different temp solder in the work flow like that, genius! 

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Thanks again, gentlemen!  I think my fingers have finally recovered. 

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I don't know how but I managed to miss this thread. Très beau travail monsieur!

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Very nice fusion between the styles, unmistakably Saxon, unmistakably Scottish.

How does the nugold tarnish?  I've been considering using some.

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And still more thanks!

George, the Nu-gold tarnishes much like brass, but stays a bit tinny-looking, if that makes sense.  I pickle it in a mix of hot hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and citric acid (aka paracetic acid), which is better for brass than Sparex or pH-down.  It comes out bright pink, because the acid attacks the zinc long before it touches the copper.  A little scratch-brushing with a wire wheel on a dremel or Foredom flex shaft and it looks very much like 14 karat gold.  After a month or two in the shop atmosphere of coal smoke and pipe tobacco smoke, it darkens a bit, but not much.  Flitz seems to keep further tarnish at bay indefinitely.  Or a month at least, that's as long as this has been in the world.  That said, I do have a couple of plaques I made in 2015 that are barely dulled, and look more like 10k gold.  No green fuzz yet!

Two fun facts about paracetic acid, or straight citric acid for that matter: It turns bright blue-green when exhausted, and with a fresh batch you can take a copper-plated zinc penny and remove the zinc core in a week or so, leaving behind only a thin shell of copper that still looks like a penny, but is nearly weightless. It's also relatively nontoxic and doesn't stink.  The downside is it degrades rapidly with exposure to air and light, so you have to mix up a fresh batch every few days.  But it's cheap.  3% hydrogen peroxide mixed half and half with Heinz cleaning vinegar (distilled white vinegar at 6% acidity).  Warm it up and dissolve dry citric acid crystals, available in the pickling supply section of the grocery store, until it's saturated. When it seems to quit working, a fresh shot of H2O2 and citric acid revives it for a few hours.  When it's a beautiful clear aquamarine color it's past refreshing. 

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Et merci beaucoup, Joel!

John, the descending flow temperatures of solder are of great use in jewelry-type work.  If you don't already have a copy, I highly recommend "The Complete Metalsmith" by Tim McCreight.  It is geared towards jewelers, but has tons of useful tips and tricks that are of great assistance in bladesmithing.

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Alan,

Creative and really striking. I like it a lot! The pommel is cool. Not your fault you have too much style for just one timeline.

Glad I stopped in to see this.

 

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Thanks for the recommendation, I'll hunt down a copy!

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I love it!  I'm a big fan of could-have-been creations like this.  You did a great job of evolving the anglo saxon style toward scottish dirks.  I also really like the way you did the garnets - it's the original technique just with different materials - I don't think you can't get any closer to real for this side of a king's ransom.

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Thank you sir!  :D  That means a lot to me coming from you.  And Eldana, of course!  

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Tell the doctor that the pommel looks very much like a Sonnenrad  or black sun symbol. Perhaps it also has continental influence or the maker is/was aware of such symbols from previous work pieces. ;) 

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Alan this is really a stellar work! One of these days I will have to visit so you can show me how you do this! I'm a big fan! Man the lines are just perfect but I think maybe my favorite touch is the pieces on the sheath! they just hit the right spot for me!

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