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Old 02-11-2019, 11:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I doubt many people have tried all the glue, resin, background variations. Most try something and if it works, stop there. If not try something else. Put a drop of medium CA on a sheet of parchment paper, (Usually found in a drawer in the kitchen. Thats the place the cooked food comes out of.) using a fine tipped tweezer, touch the part to the drop and put it on the pen tube. Cast in PR.
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Will this glue show when cast or will it disappear do to the resin and is one resin better at this than another??
I have never had it show. Sometimes the glue seeps to the top of the part and even when that happens it has not shown. I have done 2-3 other blanks that I did not like and did not have a problem with CA glue showing there as well.

I have only ever used Carbon Fiber and PR so I can't really answer the other questions.

Since the gears and parts are cheap it is easy to practice without the expensive watch faces. Just use gears to practice so that you don't ruin a watch face. I have some Franck Mueller dials that I want to try but can't bring myself to try them yet. Also have been busy with other things. Some day... :)
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John , the beauty of Ron`s method is that the entire piece has been drenched in CA . Any squeeze out from under the parts is automatically camouflaged .

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I have had excellent results gluing carbon fiber to the pen tube and also the watch parts with "Epoxy 330" water clear. I only have experience with Alumilite however the glue completely disappears in that material. I have also used thin CA to glue the parts to the carbon fiber with similar results. I believe the epoxy 330 is used a lot for jewelry making.
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I know finding random watch parts is easy, but where do you find the authentic watch faces or parts? I can't imagine a Franck Muller watch face is cheap or easy to come across. I've always wanted a Franck Muller watch and almost bought a knock off once just to have something pretty lol.

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I've had glue show with a painted tube, ca, and alumilite. I experimented with 7 or 8 different things.



What works for me, and i only use this now, is Fly Head Cement. Forget the brand, but I can show a pic later. It has a nice application brush and works perfect. It also dries very quickly so you can make a bunch of blanks at one time
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I know finding random watch parts is easy, but where do you find the authentic watch faces or parts? I can't imagine a Franck Muller watch face is cheap or easy to come across. I've always wanted a Franck Muller watch and almost bought a knock off once just to have something pretty lol.

Message Harry (Longbeard) on IAP. He may be able to help you, as he does a bunch of those
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Beautiful work. I would love to see if someone can make one with a working face - rewind by shaking.
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I make a 30 or so a year so I'm no 'expert'. I use thick CA (applied with a toothpick) & cast with Silmar41.
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Some of my work,
Good thread was wondering when this would happen
Been doing watch parts Steampunk pens for 7 years now and before ask the first main question ďĒĒ where do you buy the watch parts ďĒ I buy mine from eBay and buy old whole watches that I pull apart myself and use all parts I can use

If some people got they trade secrets , sure some do and I do .

For casting I use PR and work well have no problem with CA to show on tubes and parts , will use in the coming weeks some Royal Palm Epoxy that I just recently receive so donít know what soil be the result , I try with LD ( Liquid Diamond ) and personally I donít like .

My process is simple I mix my PR and degase it ( or if I can say vacuum it ) leave rest for 5 minutes then pour in my tubes , I cast up right then in pressure pot over night, I turn my blanks when fully cured about 3 days ( this is me only because of my work )

Then turn and fit my kit , what kind of kit do I use , well Iím the only one to use any kits find on the market and I didnít see anyone doing CB Steampunk yet before me
Not to be pretentious here but look at those pens
Some members here got some of my work

Thank you for reading and looking , any questions ask if it goes on my little secret box
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