Tuesday, July 27, 2021


My 14 year old Ryobi cordless drill finally bit the dust.  It served me well.  Just got this combo for $99 that includes two lithium batteries and a charger to replace it.  I've been wanting an impact driver for a few years ever since I discovered how efficient they are at driving screws.  The king is dead.  Long live the king.  95,101,81,0,B

Monday, July 26, 2021

Art Auction

The final Benita marker is finished.  If anyone is interested, I am auctioning off the test cast to go towards Ben's monthly feed bill.  The marker is 4 1/8" x 6" x 1/4" thick and weighs 1 pound 3 ounces.  Bidding starts at $75.00.  Make me an offer...  95,102 80,0,B

Sunday, July 25, 2021

tit for tat

Proverbs 29:27  An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Pandemic Saturday

The pandemic grew to epic proportions thanks to Covid deniers and it very well could get worse or at the very least, drag on much longer than it should thanks to anti-vaxxers.  In the United States, this pandemic could've been over by now, and certainly would've been by Labor Day.  If the pace of vaccination through the summer had been anything like the pace in April and May, the country would be nearing herd immunity.  With most adults immunized, new and more infectious coronavirus variants would have nowhere to spread.  Life could return nearly to normal.  But unfortunately that is not the case.  Experts list many reasons for the vaccine slump, but one big reason stands out: vaccine resistance among conservative, evangelical, and rural Americans.  Pro-Trump America has decided that vaccine refusal is a statement of identity and a test of loyalty.  In the end, these unvaccinated idiots are inflicting a preventable and unjustifiable harm upon family, friends, neighbors, community, country, and planet. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

A week of casting...

From the video description:
Had a bit of trouble getting a cast I was happy with. Five pours over five days. It is difficult to see in the videos but I was losing detail in some of the letters in the first 4 castings. Mostly it was an issue of not enough pressure to give me the detail I was looking for in the letters. The final pour worked because I had a good runner and gates, just the right amount of metal, and I screwed the mold halves together so the pressure couldn't push them apart. Did a finishing, acid etch, and patina test on one of the duds - and it looks very promising.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Fifth time's a charm...

Finally got a cast I'm happy with.  Just as well that I had some duds.  I will be using the flawed ones to test final finishing methods.  Video of all 5 castings tomorrow.  89,95,76,0,B  

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Forth dud...

So...so...close.  The problem with this one was I didn't account for the extra metal I poured by adding extra weight on top and the additional pressure actually separated the two halves of the mold a little causing the flashing around the edges from metal seeping out, which in turn caused some loss of detail again (and some fire).  Pour number five tomorrow - with extra weight to keep the mold tightly pressed together.  (Note:  The casting looks silver because this is right after the pour before quenching it.  It magically turns gold once it is dipped in water to cool.)   88,97,74,0,B