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Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by Riggs, Nov 14, 2011.
Same here! Just got it pulled apart!
Awesome results guys! I definitely have a few blades that can use a fresh stonewashing
Nice job. I love a stonewashed blade. Probably my favorite finish.
You wicked bastards are tempting me to do something really regrettable; Ruger pistol slide. Can anyone come up with a masking technique that will protect the more sensitive areas, like the opening for the barrel, rails, and rear faceplate area? I know it wouldnt remove a lot of material, but like I said, I'm worrying about the regretability.
Was thinking either hot glue, or rubber cement. Ideas? The idea of a stonewashed SR9 just wont leave me alone.
I'm really worried your going to end up with some problems. First thought is the sight dovetails loosing their edges.
The sight dovetails hold the sights in on the flats, not the corners. They would have to be seriously rounded off to cause an issue, as in filed/ground down.
Thinking about it, folks who have washed their blades and posted pics, not even light laser-etching is altered. If washing doesn't disturb features that are <0.001", how much could it do on a gun?
If I were stonewashing a blade or a pistol slide here in the Handloading Emporium, I would use a vibratory tumbler, like the one pictured in this thread.
For media: small round pebbles mixed with a large carton of BB's.
Last time, we used a couple tablespoons of Mother's polish as lubricant.
And we set a timer, to open the tumbler & check it out every 5 minutes.
The last pistol parts took 15 to 20 minutes. The last cheap blade took about 5 minutes. The last CPM3V blade took over an hour. YMMV.
This method turns out a finish that is stonewashed, but without the tiny scratches, on most metals.
A word of caution: a cupful of small pebbles & a large carton of BB's is heavier than 6 cups of corncob or walnut media....be careful not to overload the tumbler.
This. Plus all the wonderful media that goes with them. Us jewelers run parts through VTs with various abrasive medias for finishing and each grit level gives a different effect. http://www.ottofrei.com/store/home.php?cat=1064
And I never spent money on a VT of my own, I found that a plastic coffee can, an orbital sander and a bungee cord will get the job done just as well.
Just stone waged my Ti rig. Picture doesn't do it justice though
You're right, take a better pic, I'd like to see a close up ;D.
Ti Ring by simmerdownjack, on Flickr
Ti Ring 2 by simmerdownjack, on Flickr
The ring turned out nice, great job. I have three titanium rings, cheap from Tanga, and I love them but they do get beat up quite a bit if not careful. You just addressed that issue for a daily wear.
There was another thread on here that made me try this, I had pretty good luck.
I used some small river gravel in a plastic container and tossed it in my drier. I found that if you stick with stones 1" or smaller you have less risk of chipping the blade.
Its also good to use some pretty small rocks also, so that they can in the tight spots better.
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anyone tried this using actual tumbling media? It's not expensive, but you have to buy so much!
I recommend the plastic abrasive pyramids because the little points get all the crevices and they don't break apart. The coarser the abrasive the more aggressive the finish they put down. These will cut much faster than rocks so check knife blades often so you don't end up without a trainer blade!
One bag of the green pyramids from Otto Frei is the perfect amount to do a batch of knife parts but any of those media will put a different interesting finish on. Based on what I remember from working in jewelry shops the ones that will give the best stonewash finish are the pyramids and any of the ceramic media.
Has anyone tried to do this on a Zippo lighter?
I did it to a Ronson Butane lighter. It was the nickel plated version. It didn't look good. I would suspect a SS or brass Zippo might look really good.
hmmm....mine has a gunmetal chrome type finish....i may try it out.....