Hello! Today we will redo the old plain Soviet axe into something more beautiful and interesting. Let’s do this!
The axe has a simple form, and by cutting the unnecessary out of it nothing good will come out. So, I decided to weld to the bottom of a piece of suspension spring, thereby increasing the metal. Cut off the excess and smoothed out the weld. Turned out pretty good. After a sander cut a semicircular notch and smoothed it zachistil around. More precise form was given a round file and sanded with sandpaper of different grit. In the upper part of the axe took off a little metal, thus made a smoother line from the butt to the toe of the axe. When ready, process the surface of the petal circle with 60 grit first, then 100 grit. It is necessary for the subsequent etching of the pattern. The abrasive grain with little use makes no sense.
After all the manipulations marked out the centre of the butt and a drill with pobeditovym plates with a diameter of 10 mm drilled blind hole. Lathe machined tip with a projection whose diameter corresponds to the diameter of the hole in the butt. It is tightly inserted in there that prevents displacement during welding. Once welded the tip to the butt, went a few times in a circle to build metal and create a smooth transition from the butt to the tip.
After Stripping the grinder the welds decided to decorate this place bormashenko. Half round mill cut randomly distributed grooves. Turned texture is similar to crushed stone. Looks great!
The next step, drawing for etching. Well suited technology LUT. Laser crystal cabochons technology. Its essence lies in the transfer of toner from the printer on the metal. The printer should be laser. It is important! Paper glossy. You can use a log, or as in this case, the backing paper of self-adhesive. It shows excellent results.
Now, about the drawings. In a search engine you can type “axe Viking, Celtic axes, the pattern for etching, the etching of the axe” and there select from a huge number of options. I picked my three choices. In the printing process it is desirable to disable the saving of toner. This will provide a thicker layer of toner, which has a positive impact on the quality of the etching.
Then proceed to the transfer of the pattern. The axe must be heated to a temperature of 200 degrees approximately. Then carefully attach the cut wire cutters of paper with a picture on the surface of the axe and smooth cloth. The second rag to hold the paper from shifting. So I moved all the pictures on the axe. And one more thing. Those areas that are covered with the toner will not be etched. If you need to etch the pattern, then the image you need to invert the photo editor, and the entire area around paint paint or nail Polish.
I have the first version, so I transferred the picture to the axe and cooled in water. The figure is not afraid of water. If the image is transported with spaces, you can paint with a permanent marker missing pieces. Further along the perimeter of the cheeks of the axe and the figure was sealed with masking tape. The remaining surface is painted over with primer. It dries quickly while preparations for etching.
Etching. This method has long been known and is fundamentally nothing new. Need appropriate size container, water and salt. You need to prepare a saturated salt solution. I have 3 liters left about 600-700 g. as one of the electrode itself acts as an axe. It is necessary to attach plus. The second electrode acts as a metal plate on the area approximately equal to the area of etching. Possible and more importantly that I wasn’t a piece of wire. She clings minus. For etching I used a battery charger with a voltage of 14 V and a current of about 3.5 A. it is Possible to use blocks on 9V. Here the main current. What it is, the faster the process. People are being bullied and chargers from phones, but it’s long. You can take welding at a minimum current to try, but a big risk of damaging the protective coating and etch the excess. Also better to take the transformer power supply. Modern pulse can defend thinking that is short-circuited. After preparatory activities then you put it in a container and turn on the power. Very deep picture I don’t need, accuracy is also not much need, as the style of the axe, this does not imply, then 20 min. etching time was enough.
Periodically take out and wipe the plaque with a soft brush. After etching the axe washed with a solvent on the treated with a soft brush. The picture turned out that it is necessary, sometimes with the treatment is held in a protective coating. I forgot to disable the toner save in the printer settings. But it’s even better, it turned out as antique. But he’s brilliant, and I wanted a dark color. A lot of options. Vinegar, pineapple, ferric chloride, Cola, electrolyte. I chose coke, as never tried to denigrate it. Cut the canister, threw an ax and filled with coke. After 2 days, I received just such a result.
I am satisfied with. Left to make the axe handle.
Tools and materials:
The grinder, cutting wheels and grinding, circles flap, goggles or face shield.
Drill or front drill. You can drill or screwdriver.
Lathe. Can be dispensed with, welded to the butt of the right size tin.
Welding mask, wire, or electrodes, protective clothing.
Bor machine. You can do a little grinder. Apply risks.
The materials for printing.
Water, salt, power supply.
Thank you for your attention. Prior to the meeting.
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