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As a budding (aspiring is probably a better term) investment cater, I've been  looking at how your waxes work together.

 

I'm curious why you made the hollow space behind the shield.  Castability?  Weight/Balance?  Some other reason a mere grasshopper can't perceive?

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Plugging away. Redoing the peen block for better gesture. Lots of final clean up, details & polishing before shipping off to the gold plater. Got the eyes gouged out to the stone setter’s satisfaction. They’ll be pear cut garnets, as garnet is the Norwich stone. Closing in!

 

 

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On 6/10/2022 at 10:18 AM, Brian Dougherty said:

As a budding (aspiring is probably a better term) investment cater, I've been  looking at how your waxes work together.

 

I'm curious why you made the hollow space behind the shield.  Castability?  Weight/Balance?  Some other reason a mere grasshopper can't perceive?

 

To lighten the casting, mostly. And also because it would be hard to have the investment run the full length of the handle, unattached, and not break during casting. Most castings in similar form would have drilled holes or similar support that would have to be plugged in the final metal form. The original had the same shield, somewhat loosely attached. I suspect it was for the same reasons. I’ll solder mine on before final finishing & gold plating.

 

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This is a rocking project.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

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Speaking of lightening the casting, I’ll be grinding out the hollow space somewhat to dial in the balance point to that of the original. It’s very close, but at this point, I want to nail it.

 

 

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I hadn't even considered how fragile the tang space would be in investment form.  Thanks for the lesson :)

 

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Soldered the shield in place, doing final details & polishing before shipping to the gold plater, hopefully tomorrow. When it returns I peen it together, then hand it off to the stone setter. Will have to pen plate any mistakes along the way, so there’s a margin of error, but we’re playing the least-amount-of-potential-problems chess game here.

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5 minutes ago, Alan Longmire said:

Best of luck that the peening and setting doesn't mess with the plate!

 

It will. LOL. Prob do a small steel peen block.

 

Will most likely have to clean and plate near eyes. Concern is that the peening might crack the stones otherwise…

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This is looking awesome Jul. 

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Got Sam back from the stone setter, who did a great job. Off to get gold plated tomorrow.

 

 

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It’s almost impossible to photograph this thing in 24K gold. Yes, it really glows.

 

 

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Allllll righty then.

 

38” overall, 33” blade, 2 lbs, 7oz, 24K gilt bronze & garnet.

 

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That's a spectacular piece J.

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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