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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:58 am
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alright i have a question to anyone out there that has worked stainless before. what temp and for how long do i need to heat it to achieve the blue distempering of the steel. i am using wire with a diameter of .045 inches wrapped on a 3/16 rod.

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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:59 am
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You are looking at 525F-575F rage for blues. I have done it with a torch and in my barbecue.
Both take practice to get any consistent color. If you have a very controlled kiln even better. The baking methods make for a more durable color if you can maintain the desired temperature. Torching just gets the outer layer and wears off more readily.



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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:43 pm
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i havent done this before but wouldnt an oven at the temp you need work?

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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:38 pm
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I am curios as well... I have access to a muffle oven that will do 1200 C easily and would love to have colored stainless. So I would set the oven to say 550 F let it warm up, put my rings in a ceramic dish and toss them in the oven? For how long and does it affect the hardness? Do I need to cool them slowly or quickly? hrmmm too may questions time for Google!

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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:27 pm
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Wouldn't the oven need to be set warmer than the 525 mark? As I understand the whole thermal transfer concept it's impossible for air @ 525 to heat the much denser steel to 525 degrees.

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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:45 pm
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Check out the link and scroll down to Stainless Steel and you will find 3 or 4 articles that will give you some tips and hints.

http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/subcat.cgi?key=13


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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:50 pm
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Yeah I read those....

Will fire up the oven next week and toss some rings in and will post results.

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Posted on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:55 pm
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Sorry didn't mean to state the obvious, but sometimes people forget those are there.


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