Nut Locket

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Jul 02, 2019 Links:

Video out now

This project was an absolute blast, and although frustrating at times the outcome is excellent - though not without heaps of room for improvement.

All parts were made from a 0.4mm sheet of brass. It’s easily cut, hammered, soldered, annealed and to round it off can polished to an incredible golden shine; a truly beautiful material both to work with and to look at.

All parts were made from a 0.4mm sheet of brass.

The rim was bent into shape and soldered in place, aided along by a powerful flux and a pair of medical forceps. As beautiful as the filets of solder seen in this photo are, they were eventually lost after many repeated reheating-s to attach hinge and clasp. The wet rag trick I show in the video helped greatly in getting there.

The rim was bent into shape and soldered in place.

After many attempts these hand-cut hinges turned out beautifully, though I did have some trouble where one ripped from its rim (the fact that I was able to resolder it with some patience is a testament to the amazing qualities of brass). It is also interesting to note the copper-like colour the metal takes after heating - I speculate this is the zinc at the surface of the metal vaporizing out of its alloy, leaving a thin layer for copper in ins place.

Hinge tutorial coming soon! (maybe.)

After many attempts these hand-ut hinges turned out beautifully. The hole in the centre of the rims was opened up with a file.

Finally with an afternoon of filing, to open up the holes in the rims and some polishing, it is done! I think the photo speaks for itself.

Done!