Monday, February 8, 2016

NEXT ! - on my new adventures

Bottle cutting

Lets see - I have had this one sitting on  my shelf for years and years (when I say years and years that is over 10  and possibly just a little less than 16 ) - I've tried without great success with it - but never a real want to do it - so I may give it another try

While  doing the slumped wine bottles I wanted to do some other things as well - glasses/wine glasses or such with recycling bottles

I figure if I break the bottles I can make a dish - which is also on the new discovery road

I checked out bottle cutters and went with the

Kinkajou Bottle Cutter - Deluxe Kit

I brought a bottle down on the weekend to try but was too busy playing with the Niobium 
but will get a go at it possibly tonight with a step by step 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

More Niobium

Fun - we picked the colors we wanted - and my grand daughter dipped - we used  double hooks so we could dip both at the same time to get the same levels and colors
did some square and circles 

NIOBIUM ! Yes Yes Yes

This morning I cut a couple of pieces of niobium and went to the studio and  microfolded for effect

set up took all of 3 minutes  from my bin that holds all the equipment for anodizing
 I can reuse 
the stainless steel anode 
The nice thing is I am not working with any dangerous chemicals - the TSP is a household cleaner/soap mixed in water 
The most dangerous is the electrical part - long as you follow instructions its easy -

first I did some titanium just to check it was working

then I did the first Niobium sample - and hen my grand daughter who is 6 wanted to try - so we gloved her up and she did a niobium

OMG !  the one on the left  is mine - the one on the right is my grand daughters

I think the color is brighter on the niobium for sure - but I may not have the titanium clean enough - I'll have to reserve that till I get the multi etch and so some samples brushing with steel wool as well

so easy so simple

Next is making some paint brushes that will conduct and I can brush in the areas I want to brush  and also get a piece of sea sponge and do a sponge effect

of course I may now cut pieces that I could turn into earrings or pendants so I dont waste it

but fun - wow and fast -  immediate gratification - this is definitely going to be more fun

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Annodizing Titanium - First set up and test

I am so excited that I am finally doing this - today is Titanium - the less expensive of the two reactive metals - Its like using copper rather than silver to make tests

so the first steps

Prepare your container

I chose for this first test a small container - basically as long as your piece fits it will work

With all the plastic containers I have around the house I chose  a small glass mason jar that I will keep just for this.
then I got the plastic mesh out - I bought it I think possibly at the dollar store  or maybe michaels in the embroidery/cross stitch section - not that expensive for a piece that looks to be 12 x 10 or so
Easy to cut with scissors - and you will have left over for a larger set up if you want

I cut to fit so that the ends matched inside the jar

Next  I cut a piece of the stainless steel anode - with scissors as it very thin -  got this from Reactive metals -  the width  was taller than the jar but I cut out a piece so that only a tail was left to fold over the edge of the jar

I then filled the jar with water
Place the anode inside and folded the tail over the edge
then put the plastic mesh over the anode (this is so you dont touch the negative to the positive lead )

now before putting in the TSP into the water - I prepared some pieces

I bought this sheet from online metals - 12 x 12

I was going to cut with hand shears as it is thin enough to handle that way - but I took a walk up and sheered a couple of strips - way faster

I also punched holes as I was not sure how I was going to use the pieces - these are definitely wonky - not measured as they are for testing only -  I like to check out how to do this - get some control and have some samples to check out when I do want to make items

Now you have to clean the metal -  there is something call multi etch - which is on its way to  me from the Ring Lord here in Canada - clean the metal perfectly but a little of that TSP works wonders as well -  wash the pieces and dry - try to keep you hands off as the oils transfer from your fingers (same rule as in etching)

I had already plugged in my annodizer and turned it on to test it - then turned it off \

so now I am ready -

I put on my rubber gloves - and added the tsp to the water -  I think I may have put too much for the size as a lot came to the top but it eventually settled -  You will note I have a wooden spoon for mixing - love the dollar store -  and I write on what I use it for and it will stay with my anodizing kit in the box -  I mixed the TSP thoroughly (or as best I could) I was way too anxious at this stage

(note I was doing this on my glass top stove - non conductive and easy clean up - be careful if your work surface is a stainless steel table - be best to have ceramic or wood under your work - something non conductive just in case )

with the Anodizer OFF  I plugged in the black (negative) lead and attached to the tail of the stainless steel anode

then with the Anodizer OFF  I plugged in the red (positive ) lead and attached to the titanium piece

I dipped it in the container to wet it - you can see the excess tsp -  but I just swirled it a bit

I took out and then turned on the anodizer - I was so excited !!!!!  I found that I got this set up in 2005 - 11 years ago and its taken me this long to turn it on for the first time !!!

I set the anodizer to 20 turning the larger grey knob to the right the top number is the voltage
then I dipped 

there is a reaction !- sort of brown color at this voltage 
 then to 30

gives a blue/purple hue 

then to 40

 a light blue hue - and as I work my way up the  the blue /purple is getting deeper

then to 50

more of a yellow hue

then to 70

Rosy Pink hue

then to 90

it bubbled in the water and sort of smoked 

sort of a greeny yellow hue 

then to 100

sort of browny again - but I didnt leave myself much metal at the end 


Take piece off red lead  and wash off with clear water  and dry 
was hard to get the really nice colors to show 

so this is titanium -  I will do niobium soon but I am now off to play a little more without having to take a pic at each step 

I did a few more - then I had other things to do today so Titanium is done - I hope to do niobium tomorrow to see the differences etc..

in this session I used something called a grabber - I like this going to get a few more of these 

I am going to pick a couple of the colors and do them either fully for the piece or a combo as I see some nice mixes between certain voltages 
I think  5 minutes to set up and that included cutting the plastic and anode 
and 5 min of the process because I was taking pictures 

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW - SO FREAKING EASY !!!!I had to post right away just how easy this is!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Annodizing Niobium /Titanium- getting ready

Dealing with Reactive Metals has been a real pleasure - very helpful, great communications - quick delivery - so if your interested in doing Anodizing  Niobium/titanium  then contact them

check out the Annodizing  Video - its great  - Rio Grande posted but its by Bill Seeley - founder of Reactive Metals Studio   :   He makes it look so simple - !!!!

I ordered the Thesis on Annodizing Titanium - its only 5.60 with your order but its full of great information on what Titanium is, how Annodizing works  etc....

so I think I am ready to do this on the weekend--  I will detail out as I set up myself but this is what you need

A reminder - I would be remise in not mentioning you could shock yourself - we are working with electricity - so wear the rubber gloves !  follow the instructions (which look simple)

I have my Annodizer unit  (for at least 12 years )
 you can get this as a full kit
which I did long ago from Reactive Metals or you can also get kit from Rio Grande

Your set up (and I hope mine ) will look something like this

the only thing about this pic is the person is NOT wearing the rubber gloves -

Plastic container- non conductive material - glass would work too  -   plastic mesh so you dont touch the stainless steal anode with your metal
Black clip  is on the anode and red is on the conductive wire/sheet/tube  (metal)
the water is distilled or bottled water without chemicals (they list other liquids you could use - there is a reason)  - evidently chlorine does not help the reaction - and you add TSP  to the water which helps the reaction as well

More explanation  on the weekend as I set up step by step - I am so excited I am doing something other than paper cutting .......

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New projects for 2016 - Anodized Niobium and Anodized Titanium

I am making my list up of projects I want to learn to do this year

#1 - Niobium  & Titanium Metal Anodizing
I bought the start up kit over 12 years ago and it sat - I've lost a few items so today I reordered - nothing major but could not find the anode or the resist tape  so I ordered from Reactive Metals Studio  so I would have for the weekend - they have an online catalog and they have start up kits

If you dont know what niobium or titanium anodizing is - its this !

You have to use a reactive metal -

both Titanium and Niobium starts out as a silvery grey metal in sheets, rolls, rod, wire -  works out about the same for coloring

then you dip in the  electrified water  and you get this

I bought the SMT micro annodizer from Reative Metals
the cathode is a stainless steel annode (its only about 1.00/ft )
a plastic mesh to keep you from touching the cathode when you dip

you get a range of color dependant on the voltage
Image result for anodized niobium with paint brush

You can dip - and get a rainbow effect dependent on the voltage,
use a sponge, Image result for anodized niobium with sponge(not my earrings)

a paint brush (all have to conduct current and easy to make ) I cant find the sample I saw but I'll post when I do it

this may give you some control on where to paint a certain color at a certain voltage

its actually one of the easier anodizing procedures to do

Niobium is a more expensive metal and you cant solder so you do a lot of cold connections  - I love these earrings (not mine )
 but so want to make these

 Titanium  is also a reactive metal - less expensive if you want to play
(not my earrings)   so you can see  you can get the same color ranges

I love that it comes in thin metal like 30g for both  so I can use for  microfolding

#2 on m;y list is soldering anodized aluminum with copper - just investigating this - to make mixed wire colored collars -  just finding out the right fluxes and solders - I'll post when I get to that as I have yet to find suppliers to ship to me in Canada