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  Topic: Niobium Wire?
zilla

Replies: 12
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PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:35 am   Subject: Niobium Wire?
Agreed on the need for AWG sizing on niobium and titanium at TRL. I've been needing/wanting and somewhat desperate to get my hands on 1mm or 18AWG in both metals for ages. Actually make that years. I' ...
  Topic: Niobium Wire?
zilla

Replies: 12
Views: 2683

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:01 am   Subject: Niobium Wire?
I can definitely vouch for the fact that Nb has to be annealed in an inert atmosphere, preferably in a vaccum. I spent an entire semester researching these metals and their uses and practicality for j ...
  Topic: blue gold?
zilla

Replies: 20
Views: 3239

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:15 am   Subject: blue gold?
I've come into this discussion late I know, but I thought that some info on stuff I've seen done would clear up some questions.

50/50 silver and copper is a variation on shibuichi called shiro-shib ...
  Topic: Silicon Bronze
zilla

Replies: 7
Views: 1551

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:26 am   Subject: Silicon Bronze
Yep, I've used the silicon bronze. I think it's a nicer colour than phosphor bronze. The stuff that I've used is damn hard and my hands have become bruised because my pliers are to short for my hands. ...
  Topic: Allergies question
zilla

Replies: 15
Views: 2389

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:59 am   Subject: Allergies question
I can tell you straight off that if you want black coloured metal that is durable and hypo-allergenic go straight to the niobium. Niobium is wild stuff, I love it and titanium to bits for their fantas ...
  Topic: Springback and Half Hard Sterling
zilla

Replies: 10
Views: 1743

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 6:50 am   Subject: Springback and Half Hard Sterling
A drawplate is a hardened steel plate with various sized holes in it. The side you poke your wire through has conical holes, and the side you pull from is flat. I use a drawplate for making wire. I ca ...
  Topic: Colored rings!
zilla

Replies: 15
Views: 2116

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:08 pm   Subject: Colored rings!
When using coloured rings I always spring for Ti and Nb, and that's just because I love those metals. They have so many positive properties that the downsides (Nb's expense and Ti's toughness) are min ...
  Topic: Brass Tarnishing?
zilla

Replies: 4
Views: 1485

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:48 am   Subject: Brass Tarnishing?
That pretty much depends on the alloy of the brass and what it's subjected to. The most readily available brass here that I use tarnishes quite fast once you begin to handle it, and the second it is h ...
  Topic: Hi! Saw blades and stuff . .
zilla

Replies: 15
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PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:22 am   Subject: Hi! Saw blades and stuff . .
You have to love those skips don't you Legba? A friend just scored himself a pile of 4mm (4! Surprised ) copper wire out of a skip. I'm hopping mad because he found it before me! Mad

I also cut solely by ...
  Topic: question regarding bronze
zilla

Replies: 14
Views: 1886

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:45 am   Subject: question regarding bronze
Oh, I really hate to confuse the issue but I've been doing some reading because I can't get one of my favourite metals in wire. That metal is called gilding metal. Much nicer to use than 'normal' bras ...
  Topic: Springback and Half Hard Sterling
zilla

Replies: 10
Views: 1743

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:38 pm   Subject: Springback and Half Hard Sterling
Personally I've been using HH since day dot when I began with Sterling. I also work harden my copper by running it through a drawplate a few times before coiling ... just to make sure. I've also found ...
  Topic: Beadalon Flush Cutters
zilla

Replies: 9
Views: 2374

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:57 am   Subject: Beadalon Flush Cutters
Oh, I go to more than Bunnings for tools ... it's just a family member works there and he buys things for me at a discount, which is handy and I don't have to do the looking for stuff. Razz Total Tools ...
  Topic: Warning: maille might seriously damage your health
zilla

Replies: 30
Views: 4077

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:36 am   Subject: Warning: maille might seriously damage your health
Worst injury: Three stitches in the thumb thanks to wire whip from 0.6mm titanium wire while coiling.

Preventative: Wear leather gloves while coiling titanium ever since. Horse riding gloves are p ...
  Topic: Beadalon Flush Cutters
zilla

Replies: 9
Views: 2374

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:18 am   Subject: Beadalon Flush Cutters
Wish I'd found this one sooner (damn not haviing a computer for a few days Mad ).

As a fellow Australian I know the problems that come with finding tools for making maille. My suggestion if you're ...
  Topic: Hopefully Useful
zilla

Replies: 7
Views: 969

PostForum: Knitting Circle   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:09 am   Subject: Hopefully Useful
I know about finances and the lack of them at the moment ... My bank balance is none too healthy. Crying (very sad) Still, it works in well with what I'm doing, as I'm making things where I need a specific ring s ...
 
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