November 17th, 2009
We haven't yet tried the graphite lube in the lock on Fabio's cabinet; maybe tonight. I thought we has somne graphite lock-lube around somewhere, but maybe not, so we'll need to acquire it.
Simple jiggling does NOT work; I have tried many varieties of that.
So: 2 weeks later: still no functional stand for poor Fabio, and it is getting past ridiculous given the prices of all these things.
I am making a sort-of resolution to do at least SOME website updating on a weekly basis. We shall see how long I manage this. :P Anyway: I do have a new pic up in the home page on http://www.afmetalsmith.com, and it is also on the new page (plus, I've removed some older stuff), and it even has its own page for details.
This is an "Annular Brooch"- an ancient brooch form- decorated with birthstones for the 12 months. I'll add that this is one jeweler's idea of funny (at least conceptually- annular = annual= equals birthstones... well, you probably had to be there!).
Current Mood: amused
I have tried the graphite on the lock, and the key does now turn. Unfortunately, this did not enable the door to open.
I am not happy with this.
Ye gods. This is getting past ridiculous.
I want to play with Fabio, damnit!!!!
Well, I thought it was a neat pun! :)
You had mentioned something earlier when you were working on it about it being different flush setting the stones flat rather than in a curved (ring) surface (or something along those lines, anyway)... I meant to ask you then but forgot: what did you mean by that? What's the difference?
Thanks- I'm glad I'm not the only person who likes the pun!
In general, I think, the flatter the piece of metal into which one is flush-setting, the easier it is. So: flat sheet is pretty straightforward; a ring with a square cross-section is somewhat more complex because two of the edges of any setting bruured out are lower than the other 2 because of the curvature; a half-round or similar ring is even trickier since the curvature goes in 2 directions and it all needs to be taken into account.
The trickier bits on the annular were that the metal is harder than silver (but not as hard as 14k gold), and that the 18 ga. metal is 1mm thick- and the stones are generally about 1.25mm deep, so they stick out a bit on the back- and one has to be careful not to bur the settings too deep.
Ah, thanks! It's neat to hear the details.