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I was on my way to California. Just a few miles outside of Vegas, my car started over heating. With 250 miles to go, there was no way I was going to make it. So I went back home and found the next flight out. This is what I made until it was time to go to the airport. It's a ladybug made from steel, brass, and silver solder.
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Step 1: Cutting Circles

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I started by tracing a couple circles onto 22 gauge sheet metal. A penny and bullet shell seemed about the right diameter. I cut those out, soldered them on a bullet shell and chucked them into my lathe. Once they were cut round I de-soldered them.

Step 2: Embossing the wings

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In order to emboss a design as centered as possible, I placed the larger circle back into my lathe. The spinning motion makes it easy to mark the dead center. It's the contact point were the scribe no longer wobbles. I also marked a couple circles to lay out the rivets.

Next I used an automatic center punch to mark 8 points. Six of them are drilled out.

I used a doming block to make two half spheres. Basically you start by placing your piece in one of the larger depressions and hammer it with a corresponding punch. It takes shape by moving through progressively smaller depressions.
I'm generally a woodworker, but your 'ibles are wonderful and have enticed me into trying metalwork via your creations! I don't have a lathe, but I do have a drill press-do you think it would work if I used it in the same manner as you use your lathe?
Mrballeng (author)  carpentermommy1 year ago
Same here. Woodwork is my primary hobby. I only recently got a lathe. I used a drill press laid on its side for most my projects. Works great.
That's amazing I made one to its perfect
Thank you for posting this. It looked impossible until I saw the steps. Very well written, and has a beautiful result.
shazni1 year ago
You are in another league... :-)
We mere dabblers are left in the dust... Where we shall dust ourself... Rush and get some binoculars and watch your stuff while you race to the top! Haha
Great stuff as usual! Thanks so much for your instructables... It's super learning such simple stuff can make beautiful things :-)
Mrballeng (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thanks for all the nice words. My hat off to you! You have skills in so many different areas. I wish I was as well rounded as you.
WoW....Thanks! getting a compliment from you means soooo much to me... I'm so honored! hopefully I'll be able to walk through the door ;-)
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dkeach1 year ago
wow. again another great one, im adding itto the list
Another great one!
Can i play in your studio while your gone? My shop is half disassembled and my plasma cutter is dead in the water (figuratively only) and I may go nuts trying to move half a studio and half a shop until next trip to the house.....
If only I have twice the tools you have I might have half the talent LOL!
Thank you so much for the projects!! Love love them!
One are awesome
and I think unstoppable too... LOL .
Thank you so much for sharing. I love the raised dots so much.
nanosec121 year ago
I know that Fishbone and Pirahna have been 'eating' most of your time, so it's really pleasant to see that you have squeezed in some quality instructibles when you can.
Sooooo cute!!!!
Nawaz1 year ago
I was planning to do something like that when I have some free time :D glad to see how..As always, Great instructable :)
spyder20211 year ago
great handyman work. just awesome