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About Johnnyreg

  • Birthday 06/10/1952

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    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK
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    Walking, Fishing, Photography, Model making, growing stuff from seed

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  1. I was trying to be humorous but still handy to know for the future, thank you.
  2. Thanks aviaamator. Neat looking eyes and rings. I’m using same method for creating rings but I’m committing to using bare copper now then blacked after. Thanks Greg. All good advice. I think your right about the silver soldering of the rings being a bit overkill but it’s a new skill I need to master so will do a few more that way until I get confident or bored, whichever happens sooner. Hmmm... where can I get some 2mm cannon balls Anyway thanks to all of you for your great comments. I’ve put it all into practice now and here is what I came up with. My Blackening routine was: 1 Clean in hot soapy water with an old toothbrush and rinse in water 2 Soak in White Vinegar for 10 minutes and rinse in water 3 Soak in neat Birchwood Casey Brass Black (BCBB) for about 30 secs and rinse in water 4 Clean any CA residue patches (not blacked) with Acetone 5 Polish with paper towel 6 repeat previous steps from 3 until satisfied (3 or 4 times I found for me) I didn’t get a true black finish but I’m reasonable happy with the dark grey that I got. Also I only handled the items with tweezers during the blacking process. Thanks all again.
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    Really nice build Denis. Hope it get pride of place in your home.
  4. Thanks again. All much needed good advice.
  5. Thanks Steve. Interesting, I’ll see how easy it is to blacken when the darn solution arrives. Seller say I should have had it by now so is re-sending. If it’s a pain to do I may reach the same conclusion and decide silver soldering the rings are a bit overkill too. We are going away on Sunday for 5 days to Portsmouth to see HMS Victory so I won’t get chance to do any blackening. Hopefully the solution will be waiting for me when I get back
  6. Thanks Steve. Just to clarify I’m not silver soldering the eyes but I am silver soldering the Breeching ring ends to close the ring after threading through the eye. I wrongly or rightly assumed every one did this. What do others do?
  7. Hi Dave. Thanks for your tips. I’ve committed to Birchwood Casey Brass Black now (as recommended by Hornet) so will have to experiment with that. Not sure if you can brush this on locally. Still waiting for delivery but it’s 2 days late now so will have to chase the seller. Yes Betty’s tearoom is still there. We don’t go in often as there is usually a queue full of tourists from Switzerland . They do nice biscuits too which come in nice handy tins.
  8. Thanks Steve. That makes a lot of sense I will try that. I will have to re-blacken after silver soldering the rings though, is that a problem?
  9. Here are my attempts at the Breeching rings in both black Jewellery wire and Bare Copper. The divisions are mm by the way. Everything is almost to scale but I have made changes as shown below. I rounded the 0.35mm up to 0.4mm because that’s all I have and the 0.2mm up to 0.3mm because I found the 0.2 wire a pig to work with. Does anyone else use 0.2mm successfully and is it strong enough? The 2 rings on the left were joined with CA and touched up with a permanent marker. The three on the right were silver soldered but they aren’t the first three I made as the previous ones have all been DESTROYED Through trial and error I found that, the join had to have no gap, and that just a tiny bit of silver solder paste applied with a pin was enough and the butane torch was best set at the lowest setting with the work piece heated slowly by flicking the flame on and off until the solder ran into the joint. I think it’s a case of you have to learn how to do it wrong before you learn how to do it right. Still waiting for the blackening solution to be delivered but I will show them finished when it arrives. I didn’t appreciate just at how tiny and fiddly these bits are because I’ve seen that many zoomed in pictures here on this site.
  10. Thanks SpyGlass. I coiled them round a 2mm drill bit and snipped but they are over scale. I hope to do some to scale so I have since ordered some finer wire at 0.2 & 0.3mm in both black Jewellery & bare copper. The breaching tackle eyes/loops & rings done to scale at 1:64 & (full size) would be * eye loops - 0.2 wire & 0.6mm hole (1/2” & 1-1/2”) * breeching ring - 0.35 wire & 1.2mm hole (7/8” & 3”) * breaching rope - 0.5mm (1-1/4”) Not sure how the silver soldering will go at these sizes but will report back with the results (scrap copper maybe)
  11. Thanks Derek, Frankie, Darell & SpyGlass I did order some Jewellery Round nosed pliers when I ordered the black wire as it happens and they look the business. The shine on the black Jewellery wire is something I could live with or fix as SpyGlass suggests. I have been playing around with both the black wire and the bare wire I have received but can’t compare until I get the blackening stuff which hasn’t arrived yet. Im happy with my technique of making the eyes and rings These are all with 0.4mm wire. I’ve also ordered some silver soldering bits and pieces (butane torch, silver solder paste, etc) for the bare brass ones. Silver soldering is a skill I learnt during my apprenticeship over 45 years ago but I’ve never done it since and not on anything this small, what could possibly go wrong I presume that with the black Jewellery wire you CA glue the rings ends together and touch up with paint or permanent pen?
  12. Thanks Maury. Apologies as I might not have made myself clear in the original post but I was after sourcing the pre-coated black copper wire because I was looking for a short cut (I’m lazy) to save me making the eyes/rings from bare copper and blacking afterwards. In my last post you can see I’ve left my options open with my purchases so I can do some tests and decide which gives the best results for me, either bare copper and blacken OR pre-coated black Artistic wire.
  13. Thank you all for your great info and links and based on what you have given me I have ordered the following items to play about with: Bare Brass Wire (0.4 & 0.5mm) from wires.co.uk here Birchwood Casey Brass Black from Amazon UK here Black Enamelled Brass Wire (0.5mm) from wires.co.uk here Artistic Black Enamelled Brass Wire (0.4 & 0.5mm) from SJ Jewellery Supplies here The Liver of Sulfur seems like good stuff, based on your comments and The Jax Pewter Black I couldn’t source from the UK so will see how the Birchwood Casey stuff works out first.
  14. Lots of info here thanks to all. I have found a bare copper wire source here in the UK at https://www.wires.co.uk/acatalog/cu_bare.html#aBC0500_2d125 so it looks as though this is what I need and some Liver of Sulfur. Was hoping for a ready made black solution. Note to self - don’t be lazy. is there one solution that blackens both brass & copper well or is it horses for courses?
  15. Thanks Alexey. Blackening is another skill I need to get into for the brass guns but I was hoping to get black copper wire as copper is easier to twist I think. I specifically want to make them like shown here

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