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    Sacramento, California, USA
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    Watch repair, watch modifications, custom watch dials, bats, wildflowers, and photography (19th century techniques like cyanotype and gum dichromate, combined with 21st century experimental techniqes like digital inkjet negatives and cameraless photography). See my photography portfolio at https://iggybug.com/

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  1. They seem nice, but I'm not having trouble holding the hands or positioning them over the pinion -- I'm struggling with pressing them down onto the pinion with enough force to get a good fit but not so much force that I bend certain hands. @Tudor -- Thanks for the tip! I'll make sure to polish the tips.
  2. Keeping with the spirit of this community, I'm not going to discuss any business stuff here. I've shared my photos and notes 'cause I hope they inspire someone else to try to do something cool and creative with watches, and I hope my progress notes will help.
  3. Ha, I hadn't thought about that. I'll probably go with some Sharpie on the back.
  4. Hi all, I'm contemplating the purchase of a "Horotec Watch Tool Hand Press" after damaging a few too many watch hands. I'd appreciate any advice the group might be willing to share. \\\ I connection with my fordite watch dial project, I've been swapping around a lot of watch hands. This practice has been really good for me, and I'm now a lot better about working with watch hands than I have ever been. I'm currently using Rodico, the Bergeon 7404 Set of 3 Watch Hand Install Setting Tools, and a pair of Horotec Aluminum Tweezer with Delrin Tips. I'd say that I can successfully ins
  5. I use stock hands or aftermarket hands, depending on what I think looks good. I tend to use stock hands (with their awesome lumibrite) more, but sometimes I switch it up. I'd like to say that this is always an intentional choice, but sometimes I fumble the hand installation and break a factory hand. I've gotten way better at installing watch hands, but I'm still not perfect. I am considering purchasing a Horotec Watch Tool Hand Press after a particularly painful and expensive loss of a handset from a watch I really liked. I'll be posting separately on this. No plans for indices, lumed or
  6. It's hard to describe, as it's basically fossilized paint. It's really great to work this -- I can't really compare it to anything else as I've never worked with anything else -- but it's easy to cut, easy to grind/polish, and holds together really well even in very thin (0.5mm) slices. At my final working thickness, it feels like paper -- it bends and has some elasticity, but can fracture along the paint lines. DM me your name and mailing address, and I'll send you a scrap of it to check out.
  7. Quick snapshot of a vibrant-to-the-point-of-garish completed watch. I'm likely to keep this one. Again, forgive the photo quality -- I've got a bunch of stuff lined up to shoot better this weekend.
  8. Re drilling: I'm using a hand pin vise with a very, very small drill bit. I go very slowly. Once I have a pilot hole drilled, a carefully and gradually expand the hole using a very small round diamond file. There's nothing better than these, I'm convinced, since I'm only drilling through a 0.2mm-thick fordite veneer. Thanks all for the suggestions though!
  9. Yeah, I've tried a few things: brass scarf, powdered marble, brass plates, etc. If I've learned anything about bluing steel, is that what works well for one person won't necessarily work for another person. I'm able to consistently and cleanly blue hands, but the much larger surface area of the chapter ring is a significantly greater challenge. If anyone wants to learn how to blue hands or screws, the most foolproof and consistent method I'd recommend would be to use an inexpensive (<$100) precision-controlled digital soldering station with some sort of brass heating platform attached.
  10. @Tudor I agree -- I need to buy an assortment of different colored seconds hands. I'm also looking for an inexpensive source of quality "high contrast" hands. I found a handset I really like (the arrows 2 photos above), but at $30/handset they're pricey.
  11. Quick shot of my 3rd finished fordite-dialed Seiko. I'm making a push to get my first production run of 10 out, and then I'll be focusing on adding the chapter rings and making some ETA 6498-compatible fordite dials.
  12. @MechanicMike: Right now, I'm using a propane camp stove with a 6" x 6" x 1" block of aluminum to help with heat evenness. Another shot: I'm working on improving my watch photography too!
  13. Hey everyone, here's a fun and affordable 3D photography side project. I really owe Andy Hull for giving me the inspiration and information I needed to pull this off! In addition to horology, I'm an avid photographer. I've been studying and practicing photography seriously for 20 years now, having bought my first real camera in 2000. If anyone is curious, the camera was a Canon Canonet QL17 GIII. Some of my work has been in galleries, and I'm a couple of classes away from completing a photography degree. When I became fascinated by photography, I wanted but couldn't afford a digital
  14. Fantastic ideas and information! I'll definitely be looking into these. Thank you! Alignment is going to be rough, but it was always going to be rough.
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