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Micro Welding WSF [message #33236] Wed, 24 August 2011 15:44 UTC Go to next message
avatar dhawktx  is currently offline dhawktx
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I'm working with stop4stuff's mini chain maille on a 1:5 scale hauberk project, and dealing with current printing size constraints it's taking about 4 sheets to provide the basic units for the hauberk.

I was trying to figure out the best technique for fusing the links back together during assembly, and not really interested in having my face over curing super glue for hours, when I remembered my thread fuser from my beadwork tools. It is essentially a micro soldering iron that runs on a single AA battery and gets quite hot, very quickly, then just as quickly cools down. It is an American product readily available in the US via craft stores, eBay and Amazon, though I've not found it (yet) on any EU sites.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_arts-crafts?_encoding=UTF8 &node=2617941011&field-brandtextbin=Bead%20Buddy]

A short application of the heated tip is sufficient to melt the open edge. Pressing the edges together results in a near instant bond and there is just enough time to tap down any spiky bit before it cools too much.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6076377141_238f8b93a6_z.jpg
tip of thread fuser by dhawktx1, on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6205/6076912860_88bb546809.jpg
sheet with pen and fuser for scale by dhawktx1, on Flickr

After working about halfway through the project, I've developed my technique to the point that I can weld the cut loop back together almost invisibly. Note that, in the sample below the bottom left has a completely hand welded chunk approx five rows tall by 20 rows wide.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6208/6076375493_a37ce99730.jpg
sheet closeup 1 by dhawktx1, on Flickr

Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33241 is a reply to message #33236 ] Wed, 24 August 2011 16:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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GREAT solution! Wish it was that easy when making real iron maille Rolling Eyes


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Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33243 is a reply to message #33236 ] Wed, 24 August 2011 18:01 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Awesome Donna Smile

Thank you so much for sharing!

note to self: next project... suitable casing for micro welding iron
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33248 is a reply to message #33243 ] Wed, 24 August 2011 18:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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re: stop4stuff's note to self: I want one too when you make it!

Let me know if anyone needs one of the welding irons. I can get them reasonable at the local craft store, since I can often get a 40% - 50% off coupon, which in turn makes the postage less killer.

[Updated on: Wed, 24 August 2011 19:14 UTC]

Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33289 is a reply to message #33248 ] Thu, 25 August 2011 08:41 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi:

Exscellent tool!

I've been searching through the link you've posted but couldn't find the micro welding tool. Could you post a direct link to the specific page?

Thank you.

Daniel
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33292 is a reply to message #33289 ] Thu, 25 August 2011 10:36 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The only Amazon store I could find selling them -
http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Thread-Sealer-Bead-Buddy/dp/B0 04ED277I

Other brands are available -
http://www.store.jewelsinfiber.com/tools.html (bottom of page), also see http://eurotool.com/products/PERFECT_END_THREAD_BURNER-46-0. html

but beware some places seem way overpriced

And...
a UK version Smile (I've used this company before for mail order and they are pretty good)

Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33306 is a reply to message #33292 ] Thu, 25 August 2011 13:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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DOC 2: Sorry, I have the worst luck getting links to work properly on the Shapeways forum (ask Paul!).

Paul: You SO Rock!

I was hoping there were other versions of the tool out there but couldn't seem to find the right search terms. Am so glad to know that I can get extra tips...mine is a bit crusty already and I was worrying that I'd have to buy a whole other tool. I'd recommend going ahead and ordering several replacement tips when you get yours.

That one overpriced one? I wonder how many she's ever sold at that price?

The hauberk is coming along nicely. I've filled in a few places with hand knit linking, good practice but tedious. I will wind up using just about every scrap of links from the $25.08 US order.

Here's some piccies of the WIP hauberk being modeled by it's intended recipient, Jack (yes, my work areas are a mess):

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6079752506_e6bd1a1b47.jpg
Jack and hauberk 1 by dhawktx1, on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6079214765_aae0dcb828.jpg
Jack and hauberk 2 by dhawktx1, on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6191/6079212155_56ca300157.jpg
Jack and hauberk 3 by dhawktx1, on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/6079209071_23b55b1768.jpg
Jack and hauberk 4 by dhawktx1, on Flickr
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33307 is a reply to message #33292 ] Thu, 25 August 2011 15:08 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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THANK YOU !

Daniel

Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33312 is a reply to message #33306 ] Thu, 25 August 2011 17:12 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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WoW Donna,

Jack's hauberk is coming on very nicely indeed!

From the photos, I am finding it hard to believe that the maille is WSF... your colouring skills are awesome!

http://www.shapeways.com/forum/images/message_icons/icon14.gif

@Daniel (DOC 2)
The key search phrase seems to be thread burner - 'thread sealer' comes up with all sorts of loctite & similar products for sealing nut & bolts. The UK one I linked to is made/distributed by a US company called Beadsmith.

Paul
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33313 is a reply to message #33312 ] Thu, 25 August 2011 17:18 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks Paul. What's funny is, my 'rusty' base dye job shows through - the camera doesn't pick it up well. I looks like honest to God slightly rusty chain maille. Some of the links are bright metal, others dull, yet others are showing 'rust'.

And all because I didn't read up on the dye threads first! LOL!

Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33349 is a reply to message #33312 ] Fri, 26 August 2011 08:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you Paul.

Yes, under that name I've found it.

Daniel
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33487 is a reply to message #33236 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 04:33 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Didn't get the sleeves on, but I got his clothing done, so I know for sure how big they need to be! I've got to add a gusset in back to 'protect' his tail.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/6091894450_c377a72f59.jpg
Encore 1 by dhawktx1, on Flickr

[Updated on: Mon, 29 August 2011 16:30 UTC]

Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33527 is a reply to message #33236 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 16:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Great info, thanks... Never seen one of those before.

Glenn


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Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33528 is a reply to message #33527 ] Mon, 29 August 2011 17:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Happy to share! I'm a mixed media artist rather than a 3D designer, so I bring a different set of tools to the party!
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33645 is a reply to message #33528 ] Thu, 01 September 2011 06:37 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Nice armour... have you considered adding a padded shirt (gambeson)?
Re: Micro Welding WSF [message #33653 is a reply to message #33645 ] Thu, 01 September 2011 11:34 UTC Go to previous message
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Yes, a full and proper kit-out is somewhere in the future, but not any time soon. His current tunic is too bulky to allow an additional layer between.

 
   
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