Question by ShaneR7 | last reply
Hey I'm looking for a clear, tough coating for polished brass, to stop it from tarnishing. Initially I thought clear nail polish would do the trick, but it turns out it's not as tough as I thought... it'll rub off in places within about a month, from what I'm planning to do with it. Could anyone else give me a few suggestions/links as to what I can buy/use along these lines? Thanks
Question by .Unknown. | last reply
This brass item is about 30 cm tall. It is hollow throughout. The narrow top has a thread on the inside, as though something should be screwed into it. It is solid brass and has curves progressing from larger to small, bottom to top. My best guess is that it might be a final from a curtain rod or that it belongs to a hookah pipe, but I can't find anything similar on websites. Help please.
Question by Brassfan | last reply
Hi all :) I'm totally new to soldering and want to make a project involving soldering two pieces of 12 gauge brass wire using 20 gauge brass solder.My issue is the solder won't flow and the brass just darkens after a while of holding the torch to the metal.Here's the equipment I'm currently using:Solder: https://www.etsy.com/listing/291425439/brass-wire-... Silver - 38% Copper - 32% Zinc - 28% Tin - 2% Melt Point - 1200º F (650º C) Flow Point - 1330º F (721º C) Wire: https://www.etsy.com/listing/551472422/1-lb-round-...Solid Round Yellow Brass Wire. Metal : # 260 Yellow Brass. Melting point according to seller: 1650 to 1720º FTorch: Micro torch Roburn MT 770PFuel: Bernzomatic ButaneFlux: Oatey No.95Application: I clean and sand (using sandpaper and/or a file) the brass wire, and the solder. Apply flux liberally Apply heat using just in front of the inner cone (flame is totally blue with a slight hiss), starting on the sides of the wire and working my way to the joint.The metal glows but doesn't stay very much.Do I need a propane torch? What am I doing wrong?Thanks so much!
Question by Tooltip | last reply
Hi! I'm trying to make brass knuckles with a blade hidden inside it's for a cosplay. The idea is to have brass knuckles and at one point in the action of a button and out a knife inside the brass knuckles in a small compartment inside the fist. For reference I have the OTF Assassins Creed hidden blade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJx2VCH3V44 But on a small scale and with a button instead of rope. As you would do ?? Thank you very much!
Question by marcoantonio.saldonguerrero
This is on an adjustable length cane, where this thing can be pushed into the inside of the tube to adjust length of the cane, and pushed out by a spring with a "click" sound to lock the length. This is also on kayak paddles to select and lock the angle of the paddles. In fact, this is fairly common and used in many other places... But I don't know its name. I want to use this on one of my project and I am not sure what name should I use to search for the parts. Anyone can help? Thanks!
Topic by ccyg8774 | last reply
I'm looking for skinny brass tubing that fits inside 1/2 in CPVC. It needs to be air tight but still slide without too much force. (and where to get it)
Question by DBMods | last reply
Hi I was going to make a steam engine so i brought some brass tube and tried to join the local metalworking club so i would have access to their knowledge and tools as i have none myself. The committee of this club are having issues and not accepting new members for 12months which disappointed so i have brass tube 1/2in 0.14mm it says on the sticker and I'm kinda impatient so i wondered if you guys had ideas of what i could do. 2 tubes about 25cm long. I've been thinking about what to do when my town is invaded (the street lights are off every other week and reports of shady characters near power station lately) A self defense tool, survival tool? Usually I'm creative but people having holidays at work mean i work 10hours a day 6 in morning 5 in evening. It drains you split shifts as you see in my maths fail. Anyway, i appreciate your ideas. Thank you
Question by Scotty3000 | last reply
I am making my daughter a wooden jewelry box and want to spiff it up with brass fittings - corners, edges, etc. I can't find a supplier. All local stores have cabinet fittings ( drawer pulls, hinges, etc.). Any suggestions? If I bought thin brass sheets would I need special tools to make my own fittings? i want nice sharp 90 degree angles and curved edges.
Topic by lhomeniuk | last reply
I'm working on a simple little design for a present where I have this cheap gold plated signet ring and I'm going to be taking a small portion of those spiral shavings from a piece of brass stock and creating an Archimedean spiral pattern which needs to mate with the face of the ring. The inner metal of the ring is unknown, and due to the thinness of both materials welding seems out of the question. How should I mate these two objects together?
Question by SkylerS12 | last reply
Hello All: I found this antique brass lamp and would like to restore it. I'm looking for information on how to clean it up and remove the tarnish. There's the chemical way (for instance, Brasso or others) or the "natural" way (I saw a vinegar, salt, flour paste). Has anyone had any experience with this that they can share? Also, I'm looking at what the final restoration will be. I have 3 ideas: 1. Restore it to it's brassy, original self with a torchiere globe (as in the last picture), 2. Restore it to original but modify it with an RGB LED nightlight in the base (next-to-last picture), 3. Clean it up but give it a steampunkish look by painting it a copper color, adding Edison bulbs to the 3 armatures, and maybe some etching on the globe. Any other ideas? Thanks, Kevin
Topic by nivsrom | last reply
I'm looking to replicate a brass ornament for a dear friend. The ornaments in question are similar to these (http://imgur.com/a/WGPXE) Do you guys have any suggestions on how to get the precision for the concentric rings as well as the detail inside? I thought about using a Dremel for the detail work, and snips for the outside, but I'm having trouble coming up with a solution for the rounded rectangles. Thanks!
Topic by RamboBrite | last reply
If you where to put the same diameter brass rod and iron pipe in a bender, which one would be toughest to bend?
Question by onrust | last reply
I have made a cheap setup that attaches to your instruments bell and provides a clearer sound then a mic mounted on a desk. Oh did I mention it cost me about $2.00- $2.50? Please let me know if anyone is interested in an Instructable on this?
Topic by LinemenOwn | last reply
It was said long ago to me that "Your body will become saturated and will no longer turn green if you wear copper long enough." Is there any truth to this? Thanks
Question by onrust | last reply
This is for a non profit that I raise monies for? Need suggestions and help finding someone or where to get this done, cheap??? Probably no more than a hundred ?? I'm female. A blonde. Does that tell you anything?? LOL
Question by colgates | last reply
I recently bought a coat, all black, but the zippers are a very bright brass. I'd like to darken them if I can, so they don't stand out as much. Any suggestions? Hopefully without staining or otherwise damaging the coat itself, which is a 55/45 cotton/polyester blend.
Topic by SpinneNetz | last reply
How can I correctly identify aluminum? Aside from the weight, how do I find out if it is pure or some alloy that will make make even the vultures drop dead when smelted. Owing to a project I'm working on where I wish to cast letters in aluminum for a wind harp, I have been on a search here on the farm. Have found literally 200kg of scrap brass and and about 35g of aluminum! The letters have to be out of aluminum for rust reasons. 2nd Question Does zinc alloy aluminum rust in the same fashion? 3rd Question Brass. I haven't researched it yet, but could anyone give me a clue as to smelting the stuff? Thanks
Topic by Karroo Oakey | last reply
Any one experienced with repair of small gauge hinge's, or is familiar with Zippo's repair? I need help... :) Please... I have two '67 '68 Vietnam brass Zippo's... They have been authenticated. One of which, has a broken hinge. I was interested in repairing it, as on the base side it has disintergrated. I am hesitant to send it to Zippo... As I believe, it is still under warranty yet I am worried that a standard hinge replacement would look odd.... as they won't age the brass etc... Could come back looking bad... Although I know, Zippo is great at servicing them! It already has ALOT, of pewter throughout the brass... Obviously fairly rusted out at some stage... And I was wondering, has anyone used pewter to mend brass before? I'm sure it's not common practice, because of colour differences etc.. Perhaps I should call Zippo to find out first hand.... Just for interest sake... Has anyone got the same inscription... I haven't seem the second of these before... I'd be interested if it is a generic quote or written be the owner... "I'VE LOVED EVERY INCH OF THE LAND I STAND, I'LL DIE BEFORE I RUN" Tactical Air Command:- "CAME DOWN THE HELL, FELL DOWN THE GOD" Any help would appreciated. Thanks! ;) Sorry about the cruddy phone pics... Doesn't really do them justice... :(
Topic by Lftndbt | last reply
Having trouble with brass pipe connectors. I have a M+F pair of connectors I want to use to make a ~air tight connection through a thick piece of rubber. Want to screw the parts together far enough that the hex-nut section of each part will act as a flange, and crimp the rubber in between. However, I can not get the parts to thread together far enough. At about 1/2 the length of either, the connectors start binding up. I can only get the two about 1/4" away from being fully seated. Why? Are pipe connectors manufactured with a slight taper to create this? Or something else? Any suggestions?
Question by CrLz | last reply
Hi everybody, I just tried the Galvanic Etching process described on Jake Von Slatt's website. I wanted to show off my results and offer my observations.RESULTS:1) The etch came out perfectly.. even details that looked WAY to fine to pick up came out clearly.2) The Inkjet Paper (Staples Photo Plus Gloss) took a bit of soaking to get off, but when I got a corner, It came off as one single layer.3) I had to re-iron the corners, so check those before soaking.OBSERVATIONS:1) a PC power supply worked fine for the etch.2) my Root Killer lists Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate... no noticeable issue with this versus plain copper sulfate3) Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate eats alumin(i)um... Using tin foil as the anode was a bad idea.. I went through three anodes over the course of the etch... next time I'll use copper.4) Electrical tape makes a great mask to cover the back and edges of your etch.5) Mr Clean Magic Eraser's make short work of the toner without marring the brass.and now.... the Picture. (this is before paint, polish & varnish, I haven't gotten to those parts yet)
Topic by gschoppe | last reply
I've been etching brass for a couple years now, but need a better way to cut and trim my plates than a hack saw and a straight edge... What's the best power tool for getting straight edges on thin brass plates? I've been thinking scroll saw or band saw, but I've been told that band saw blades will walk. would a scroll saw be a good idea?
Topic by gschoppe | last reply
How deep can one etch brass (using the toner transfar method, like when making PCB's) before the acid will dissolve the brass under the toner? Like at the point it will dissolve the brass by going around the toner and coming up from underneith?
Question by guyfrom7up | last reply
I have a brass bed that's badly tarnished. Tried Brasso with limited success. Becasue the bed is a large area to polish elbow grease would wear an average person out! Does anybody know of a better way to polish Brass?
Question by bilwen | last reply
Is there any way to change the colour of brass items and still keep that shiny glimmer once the colour has been changed? I want to change the silver colour brass to a burgundy blood red colour brass like on the images. Any suggestions or item recommendations to achieve this?
Topic by Darkwave5urfer | last reply
I was planning on using brass piping to use and a pressure distributer for a bottle rocket. can it hold 200psi? (safely)
Question by red9er | last reply
I have tried for a long to find a tutorial on how to do classic copper and brass soldering. I mean, is it anything like electronics soldering, at which i am fairly apt at? Do you use a a rod or a torch? ...How to mend a broken copperpipe? make the most classic pipejoints? How to mend a broken brass lamp that has lost a thingie? What kind of solder does one use for different materials? In all it's simplicity I am looking for an entrance level tutorial into the subject, explaining what basic tools one need and outlining how to do a few simple things.
Question by deepcore | last reply
Who here knows about compress air? Regarding about the tanks in standard air compressors if i'm ryt (70 to 90psi) how thick is the tank and is it stainless? also, standard brass fittings? wat r der maximum presure?? i need to know these for safety before i can proceed with my proj, if im correct presure tanks have d tendency tio explode. and metals shatter. so... i dont want to die yet... can anyone help?
Topic by No-Shi-De | last reply
What technique would be recommended for cutting through thin gauges of sheet brass and copper (Preferably cheap)?
I am currently trying to find a solution to a year and a half long problem I've been working at, and was hoping the community could help me out. I ma trying to create miniature armatures that will always have the right proportions by etching the 'skeleton' out of thin brass (I believe it's somewhere around .02 inches thick). I've tried toner transfer and ferric chloride etching, but I am not getting steady results with the toner transfer. Since this isn't a circuit board, are there any other techniques I can use to cut through the metal quickly? If it's something along the lines of a CnC machine, as long as I can make it to cut down on the costs, I'm open to the idea. Just to give you an idea of what I'm trying now, at the moment I'm making stencils that I will spray acrylic or spray paint through onto the metal to allow for the same design every time. Acrylic and spray paint are also resistant to ferric chloride. Thanks
Question by ajpaulette | last reply
Id like to incoperate some wood and brass into it. not sure how.
Question by biggy smalls | last reply
Item is brass with solid handle. upper part is hollow with less than dime size holes on each side close to handle on hollow end. has mark of N1 visible with another set of smaller numbers about 5 digits long that aren't legible. total length is 11 1/2" long. the barrel diameter is 3/4".
Question by Fred N FrancesM | last reply
Aside from clocks, watches, stores, and the internet, where is a common place to find tiny metal gears? Answered
Im looking for metal gears around the size of a quarter. anybody know where i can find some?
Question by TimTheScarecrow | last reply
I play tuba and a lead pipe brace came off. does anyone know how to fix that?
Question by Jacoben246 | last reply