Custom gearwheels raffle winners!

Well, the week is over, and so is the raffle. To all 12 participants, thanks for getting in!, I hope the winners reviews will let you know if those gears might suit you. ^^

Here is the video proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-7bxrodYMI

I was unable to find my D12, so I used a D20. Winner numbers where 7 and 1 (in that order). Wich means that “Gozdom” and “Stella” won. They have already been emailed with instructions on how to submit their designs. After their designs are done, I’ll try my best to do them as fast as possible (I’m a bt busy with my dice shop, but I’ll find time, I promise)

Thanks to everyone for getting in, and spreading the word!

(at publishing time, Brass Googles forum seems to be down, when it gets back I’ll publish the results there too :3  )

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Meanwhile, with carbon fiber…

The etching rig is taking shape quite well. The only things left are, a decent wood surface (wich I forgot to buy ^^U ) and the support rigs. I Make them out of strut bar leftovers of my wargaming miniatures. But I have no more left, so I’m waiting for some friends to retrieve their leftovers.

Anyhow, I though it would be interesting to share other projects I have around. And to begin with, my cool and underused Carbon fiber mask.

Mask history:

All this began with a mask ball. I’m not too fond of doing such things, but my girlfriend insisted it would be fun, also, it was a birthday party, and I wanted to celebrate that. I can’t remember how I reached the conclusion that I wanted to do a carbon fiber mask, but in the end, I was so excited about it, noone was going to stop me.

The making:

After poking around on internet, I knew I needed a few supplies, carbon fiber, epoxy resin, and to avoid doing a crappy work, a vacuum pump. The last one accesory was needed because, as far as I had seen around internet guides, everyone complained about the limits of stretching on carbon fiber. Every one of those complaints, was working by hand, removing bubbles and such, but there was no active force pushing the carbon to the mould.
Therefore, the logic conclusion was to use a vacuum pump like the industrial processes do, wich would allow me to achieve, easily, an awesome finish. After a LOT of research, finally I found a company in my town wich would sell me a vacuum pump, other sellers would not sell to an individual, or someone who was not backed by a company. Also, I wanted to avoid building the pump myself, altough I could, but involved a lot of time wich, unfortunately, I didn’t had. The pump itself had a cost of 250€, but after looking a lot, it was a really good price, since on ebay the cheapest secondhand pump, costed 200€ plus shipping. Also, the carbon fiber cloth and extra accesories, including resin, were about 200€.

Doing the mask was quite simple, after doing a mould of my face, I primmed it with wax and then it was only a matter of putting the carbon, pouring the resin and covering everything with a plastic bag. I left the pump working about four hours, and there you had it. Of course, that was not it, since the finish was not perfect, I had to sand it a little bit, then a glossy laquer was applied.

In the future I’ll show you other experiments I have done with that material. ^^

Paving the way.

Today I was not able to go shopping all the items I need to upgrade my etching rig. While I stayed at home, I was doing tests (among other things). While I was working, I saw this link from Michael Wolf.

A looong time ago, while he did the first reportage ever about Unconventional Dice, He was working on the “Gears” RPG game, and I sent him a gift of three gearwheel dice. While reading the change in name, I was yet unsure about what I was going to do as precision test. After reading it, I just thought about a simple geartrain encased in some “reinforcements”, as if it where a pocket clock mechanism. The pieces came out awesomely well, and the “montage” was problem free.










Those gearwheels are the best I have done ever, with all the teeth well etched and meshing right. At first, I was going to do it as a die, but the spare brass numbers I had around, where quite small and thin, so the die would have been unbalanced. In the end, I decided to leave it as-is, in prevision of doing other mechanical tests, and finish this cube as awesomely as it can be ^^.

Also, this test is mainly a precursor for something I plan to do in the future, half dice, half sculpture, pure awesomeness. But it will be still some time until I’m ready to try it, until then, I will be doing more tests on various types of gears and diameters.

Below you can see a comparision between today’s geartrain and the gearwheels you have already seen on Brass Googles forums. Also, someone asked about measurements of the gears. The big ones are 16mm in diameter and 0,4mm thick. The geartrain are 8, 5 and 3,5mm in diameter each. Their thickness is 0,12mm (same about the lateral reinforcements)

I hope you like it. Also, this miniature has no price since it is not finished yet ^^

Also, any help spreading the word for the raffle over other Steampunk forums will be greatly appreciated, as I don’t know many of them.

Solving gear issues. Shame on etching solution.

Well, I remember some time ago, I did some thicker brass pieces, and they had a good edge finish.

However, while doing the gears this time, I encountered a problem. That is, a brownish solution was forming all over the edges of the gear, not only damaging it visually but mechanically too. The substance would difficult the etching process, allowing an over-etch of the borders, leaving a gear quite unusable before and after residue removal.

Here you can see it clearly.

On one side, a quite damaged gear. It was done on the etching bath after using it the whole day. Besides, a gear done after leaving the solution to settle overnight. Quite less particles floating on the liquid meant a lot less residue (tough still forming) and, most important of all, after removing the thin layer, the edge of the gears was quite acceptable.

I will improve my etching rig, adding another bath, air pump and liquid heater. One will have a new clean solution, to do precision etching and gear etching. The second one, will have a well used chemical, to do etching on thin pieces (where the brown residue does not form, it must be something about how much time the piece spends on the bath). This will be quite an investment, but I think it’s worth, since some people have already expressed interest in having gears made.

See you soon! ^^

Custom gearwheels!

Some time ago, I wondered if gears could be made like the pieces for my custom dice. Unfortunately, with previous process, altough good for small pieces with not much precision, made quite difficult to do some gears wich at least were round. They all got a little deformed one way or another.

However, recently (two days ago ^^) I did a breakthrough on the technique, and now, pieces are as precise, as you can print them ^^. But, how much better are they?…I’ll show you an example: I had around some gears for dice, waiting to be inserted. When I saw the newly made pieces, I just threw away the old ones!! (12 gears in total!) That good is the new process.

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Steampunk is one of my hobbys, but for quite some time, I simply did not made anything because finding gearwheels was quite difficult, and on top of that, it was nearly impossible to match them unless you where quite lucky. Also, I’m very picky with the gears issue, as Gozdom said:

Even though I oppose sticking gears onto everything, I can certainly imagine one of these in a functional-looking appendage in a lamp or something.

This gears will mesh properly (altough probably not work, since the edge will not be square, but more like a C, and, spokes apart, they will look as proper machinery guts as it can be, at a fraction cost of proper machined gears, wich is just overdoing for most applications.

The thicker ones are getting a little bit over etched on one side, as any etched material, altough I will work to minimize it. Also, the chemical solution is leaving a brownish residue, wich is copper oxide, wich I have to test on ammonia to eliminate it.

Anyhow, I have set up a shop on Etsy, in prevision of solving the border residue (around next week’s).

Before start advertising the service, I’d like to raffle some gears amongst any person who might use them. Anyone interested, just drop a comment to this post.

There will be two winners, with two custom gears each. C’mon et in the raffle!

Welcome!

Finally decided to get public on this other blog.

Mainly, this will be an escape valve, somewhere to put everything I do wich is not dice or not directly gaming related.

Since it is a leisure blog, I will update whenever something gets created on my “free” time. That means it will have no constraints, nor effort from me on doing more or less constant updates (like I try on dice). I would suggest to check it once a month, twice at most…

Many of the pieces will be for sale…and LOTS of them, will be unique pieces…things I do for fun, to test skills, procedures and ideas. I might accept custom orders…or not. I’ll also put in here (altough might get referenced on Dicecreator) dice wich are only decorative (I have some ideas on that). Prices will be accordingly to the uniqueness of the works.

Just an exception, I will not have a “not for sale” tag, instead, I’ll price it for the ridiculous amount of 999€, altough that is going to be rare.

And that’s it. I hope you enjoy whatever it’s in from time to time.

Abraham

For the Hellfans!

After a funny debate about men earrings, pendants and pins, I finally changed the subject “Hellgirls” to “Hellfans”.

Anyways, as I commented some time ago, I would began to unleash my creativity, as doing only dice is a bit tiring (and also, as many would know, doing other things is healthy for your mind too ^^). This time, as I was doing the previous post, I found I could earring-ize the BPRD symbol. After doing it so, I think they look gorgeous!.

  • Info: Diameter 15mm
  • Material: Brass and acrylic paint with a clear resin coat.
  • Ear wires: hypoalergenic titanium
  • Weight: 0,5 grams each.

PRICING: 30€ shipped wherever you want.