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    Very cool looking! Nice work. The wax color...

    Very cool looking! Nice work. The wax color almost looks like a natural bronze patina. If I missed it, what did you intend to cast this in?
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    Got the emery & white compounds and a couple new...

    Got the emery & white compounds and a couple new buff wheels. Started with v-fine bead blast on all pieces but masked the unicorn tail, mane & horn. Then moved on with the Green Bay logo since it was...
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    Will do. Thanks.

    Will do. Thanks.
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    Only place I could find nearby with emery on the...

    Only place I could find nearby with emery on the shelf is here.
    http://www.truevalue.com/thumbnail/Hand-Power-Tools/Power-Tool-Accessories/Buffing-Wheels-Compounds/pc/5/c/73/650.uts
    Would you...
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    Good info Rasper. I'd like to get as close to...

    Good info Rasper. I'd like to get as close to mirror as I can but am under a time constraint now and really just want to get the smudges off. The tail and mane I'm happy with as I want it to be a...
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    My compound is just the HF stuff, grey for...

    My compound is just the HF stuff, grey for stitched and green for loose. The mane and tail which weren't sanded as much cleaned up fine. It's just on the smoothest parts and appeared while buffing....
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    That's amazing! Love that kind of ingenious...

    That's amazing! Love that kind of ingenious stuff. I've often wondered about 3 part sand molds, or 4 here, to cast certain shapes.
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    Got the sanding and buffing done but having...

    Got the sanding and buffing done but having trouble with some smudges. Used acetone as usual to get the buffing compound off and it worked for the little blobs but there's this dark smudge it doesn't...
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    I don't know much about lathes but followed...

    I don't know much about lathes but followed Robert's link out of curiosity and started checking out a thread about a guy building his own dividing head and saw this that might give you a DIY idea....
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    Prepped my last 2 foamies per the advice and my...

    Prepped my last 2 foamies per the advice and my thoughts.
    http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums/ah129/cactusdreams/Unicorns%20and%20Green%20Bay/unicorn%20gating%20final%202_zpsms00dtfs.jpg...
  11. I've done that with copper and the rectangular...

    I've done that with copper and the rectangular iron muffin pans I found at the grocery store. But I sprayed them with graphite dry lube. Also need to preheat them well or they can crack from the...
  12. I also wonder how much a single large hole helps...

    I also wonder how much a single large hole helps the circular airflow in the furnace as opposed to having to vent through those multiple holes. Just a thought. We're talking furnace not forge right?...
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    Sticky: Really good point. I was surprised when I got...

    Really good point. I was surprised when I got into this how many abrasives I went through in the finishing. Sand paper, belts, flap wheels and disks, scotchbrite roloc disks and dremel bits and a...
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    Thanks sandcrab. I think you mean kush head the...

    Thanks sandcrab. I think you mean kush head the way I mean riser? I use a piece of 4" steel tubing split down the sides with coat hanger wire around it. But maybe a taller one. Do plastic or paper...
  15. Wow, end of an era for sure. Watched their videos...

    Wow, end of an era for sure. Watched their videos when I first got into this hobby. Here's a little more info.
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    Thanks all for the suggestions. You're all...

    Thanks all for the suggestions. You're all pointing to where I think I'm going. Feed the extremities directly and bury it a little deeper. I kept the riser full as I was pouring so can't go any...
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    Very sorry. Didn't plan for it to go on...

    Very sorry. Didn't plan for it to go on originally. Red text noted.

    Worked on a new set of templates and foamies over the weekend. Hope I'm not being too ambitious. Need a little more sanding then...
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    Unicorns & Green Bay

    Had a busy weekend on this and figured I'd start a new thread as its not going as planned. Maybe admin can move my first post over here from "What did you do..." Anyway, got the first unicorns...
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    Sticky: Really nice work and a smooth finish. Can you...

    Really nice work and a smooth finish. Can you sand the PLA if you need to get rid of the small lines? Looks like a great way to make patterns without a shop full of woodworking tools. Like all...
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    Then I am confused somehow and probably confusing...

    Then I am confused somehow and probably confusing Rufledt too. Isn't ferrosilicon what you use to alloy silicon bronze, Rasper? It's what I've used with success.
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    Sticky: Here's my take on those techniques. Drill bit was...

    Here's my take on those techniques. Drill bit was the least successful.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?11631-Belt-sander-salvage-plus&p=183191#post183191
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    Not so. Ferrosilicon is the #2 ingredient in...

    Not so. Ferrosilicon is the #2 ingredient in silicon bronze after copper. Plus a little manganese. 95-4-1 is a common ratio.
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    Sticky: Well Robert, let's not put the cart before the...

    Well Robert, let's not put the cart before the unicorn, so to speak. I'm sure we can work something out but right now I want to see if this casts OK. I ended up making 6 foamies and will cast 4 in 2...
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    Sticky: Worked on a new set of templates and foamies over...

    Worked on a new set of templates and foamies over the weekend. Hope I'm not being too ambitious. Need a little more sanding then fillet the corners and bad spots then sprues and coating. With my...
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    Thanks Kent. Found the manual online of course,...

    Thanks Kent. Found the manual online of course, but a friend sent me this more generic setup guide which, though a little redundant, has a lot of good pointers. Might help some sloppy saws out there....
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