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Steve Ellsworth

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  • Birthday 02/02/1951

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    Highlands Ranch CO
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    Dimensional Engraving Coin Carving Schrim and Ivory
  1. Steve Ellsworth

    Cleaning diamond burrs - Any clues

    Thanks for all the good ideas I'll givethem all a try. I have gone the route with Ferric - probably close to oven cleaner three different stones for diamond cleaning - but I'll get some differnt rocks to see if they grab it out and i have hit the steel plate. I think all of these work for the rougher grit diamonds - the onesi have been going nuts with are thetype they use for final work and polishing - very fine grit. The lowest being about 1200 and up to 2500 in a gold plated tip. Appreciate it! SLE
  2. Steve Ellsworth

    Cleaning diamond burrs - Any clues

    Sooner or later I suppose this happens to a lot of people who cut on softer metals with rotary diamond tools. I have managed to plug quite a few detailing coins Typical cleaning rubber and stones don't do any good. I have been trying ferric on them with some sucess but there has to be a better way. TIA Steve
  3. Steve Ellsworth

    Hobo Nickels/Coin carving

    Marcus i thought i taught you everything!! (except how to get rich at it)
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    Degreasing and using cow bone.

    best process i know of is Petsmart processed dog bones nice dense clean white no grease ready to go no fuss no muss enjoy carven down rub em with linseed oil and after a while they look real good, i have done some combo pieces with walrus ivory carvings mounted in shadow box dog bone cabs other than the marrow grain on thewalrus its hard totell them apart
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    Relief carving

    How cool is this, What a well kept secret this is! I had no idea Colorado Springs was in the thick of it. I live in Highlands Ranch Colorado about a 3 hr drive. This is something I would love to get involved in because quite frankly nickels are a royal pain in the rear and working on pieces that size would be a blast. (wow, no more microscope scope) Get back to me and tell me more. Checkingthe link now....
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    Relief carving

    It's a different art form but it doesn't get much better than this talk about a master http://www.olszewska-borys.artmedal.net/royal_series.html If i could hit this level I could live in Costa Rica on the beach instead of freezing my duff in Colorado.... i have been following this type of work all week in an effort to refine my coin work since thats what i do Other killersites http://www.finemedals.com/ http://www.artmedal.net/ http://www.artmedal.com/ http://www.medals4trade.com/ If you can't pick up knowledge here about bas relief and carving in any genra it ain't gonna happen anywhere else because these are the top world contenders in the art form. Steve
  7. Steve Ellsworth

    Eye Inlay

    I probably shouldn't throw this out but maybe no one will be offended by the techniques of an old master gem carver and netsuke artist. I learned this one from my old mentor Bill Shotts back in the 70's. Some of you may be old enough to remember him too. Anyway this works very well for inlaying tourquoise, jet, ivory, or any other stone, into ivory, hard materials and other stones and is to be used for doing the finest of linework where you have no other way of making things so small and i mean smalllllllll. Cut your channel, smallest tool you have. Take the desired material, attack it with a mizzy heatless wheel and collect the powder mix powder with good old superglue and pack the channel finish off and polish this is how you get those killer cat eye pupils and a wide assortment of other impossible shapes whipped at 1mm or smaller. have fun - you never heard it from me SLE
  8. Steve Ellsworth

    The First Breath

    Natasha I dont think there are enough words in the english language to accurately describe the beauty of your creations I have visited your website in the past and was stunned by the quality of your work What can i sayt Your art makes a statement that wll last throug the ages SLE
  9. Steve Ellsworth

    Family ties.

    Wonderful photos Existance is a strange and wonderful thing, so many societies and family structures that we as humans overlook or ignore completely believing ours to be the only one of any significance. We think of the bugs as being a problem but when itcomes down to the supreme biological infestation destroying theplanet it is us. SLE
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    Anealing gold for inlay

    Wow that really sparked a lot of interest! What a wonderful place this is. So much knowledge and expertice. The concept of the gold sake has merit. Do a bit of research into ionic gold on the web and see what this stuff is selling for. Claims are that it is similar to Valium when ingested. Whether it's true or not I can only imagine. But in the past years I have experiemented with ionic silver solutions and have had some amazing results with them in fighting off colds and infections. Interestingly enough the governemnt has made a big issue of silver being used to fight bacterial infections as being a hoax. Yet it makes me wonder why they impregnate bandages with silver solutions for the military and space missions and are using it now in the VA to bridge wounds to eliminate pain caused by surface nerve damage. Something to do with electrical conductivity issues. I have used it to stop strep cold in two days and heal infections that wouldn't clear up from stabbing myself with Carbalt engravers repeatedly (dumb nickel carver syndrom). It does seem to keep one from geting common colds if taken in minute quantities - you have to be careful as it migrates just beneath the skin if the molecular structure istoo large and turns one a nice shade of blue. Hence the term Blueblood in old England where people ended up looking very weird after dining with pure silver utensils for many years. Much the same as spilling silver nitrate all over yourself and going out in the sun. But the gold, well who knows. It may work. The process is abit esoteric and requires ome serioushigh voltage to complete. Way to dangerous for me to play with. But IF it's true then the gold in combination with the sake would be the nickel carvers dream drink! With regards tot the 18k. I have to admit I got tired of all the work with that stuff and sent it off to the smelter to be returnedin 24k fine. I am getting old and lazy. As far as I know it was pretty good stuff, all 45 grams of it. Well preserved, having spent 30 some years in my mouth as military bridgework! The VA dentists were really impressed with it. But considering it was age hardened, impact hardend, and who knows what else I figured it was time to give it and myself a rest. This process of inlay that i do in coins leends itself better to dead soft lead rather than alloy with any resistance. even 24k is a bit of a snot when inlaying recut eyes on a nickel silver coin. Not much lattitude for undercutting or hammering. Even the smallest bead punch in my box is too large for the final result which must be shaped with the point of a polished sewing needle. (that's where the sake comes in!) Ford - have a wonderful safe trip and do take lots of pictures so we can see some of the places you visit and the things you see. Be careful about what you put in your mouth. My nephew is married to a Japanese girl and they have a B&B in Fairbanks. One day at the table we were munching down some goodies and one of the Japanese visitors remarked that I was eating stuff that most Japanese couldn't choke down. Heck I thought it was great but I after her comment I decided not to ask what it was that I was eating. At least it wan't moving! Take care and thanks for all your wonderful sharing. SLE
  11. Steve Ellsworth

    Anealing gold for inlay

    There was no intent to cause anyone harm granted it is possible to ignite and i have done that but in a controlled environment using a very small amount of liquid i was having problems annealing gold using water checked with my cohort who is a bench jeweler and goldsmith for a fix he looked it up in one of his old problem books and found the reference to alcohol i was a bit leary but i tried it and it made a heck of a difference in the process i had to employ far less hammer power to get the gold working bear in mind i was working with 18k rose gold and a variety of other k mixes not fine gold for 24k fine i use just the torch i appreciate your concern and thanks for the reply - i will be careful - hopefully others will too. btw ganoksin makes reference to using alcohol too so others in the realm are doing it maybe vodka would be more fun - at least when you are done you can have a warm drink. again, I appreciate your response and concern for all concerned. steve
  12. Steve Ellsworth

    Anealing gold for inlay

    I have noticed a few of you are working with gold When you anneal gold for inlay heat it cherry red quench in 70 percent alcohol then go at it with the hammer you will find it much easier to work with than using plain water water cools it too fast and makes it harder. enjoy.. do it on a carbon block and use junk tools to hold if flaming a small piece as your pliers or tweezers will be annealed too!! Administrator's comment The members of this forum are a diverse group of artists with varying degrees of experience (some are novices), in many fields of creative work. The description of how to quench red hot metal in a solution of 70% alchohol could be a very dangerous experiment for the untrained persons. Please do not try this method if you have not been trained to use it. I write this with concern for the safety of our members.
  13. Steve Ellsworth

    A few attempts at metal working

    http://www.grasshoppernet.com/walrafen/nice.html This may be fun for you too. The NICE site is a bit different, basically the top carvers in the realm who do not do the traditional "hobo" related art but stray into other areas of modern genra ranging from reality to complete madness. Of course carving coins is madness, totally unforgiving, no way to repair once screwed up, causes cancer and ulcers in rats but is or can be quite lucrative depending upon the subject matter cut. This weeks project was a new indian face with eye pupils and a bit of bead work in 24k. One down and 500 to go. It's a busy business.
  14. Steve Ellsworth

    Making gravers out of round stock

    Depending on how you constructed your sharpener jaws - you could... make some flat reference grinds on the sides of the round so they always come back to the same spot when you chuck them in or engrave a reference line on the graver jaws and the top of the stock before you start cutting it. If you dont tear up your gravers too badly when working, you should never have to put them back into the fixture to resharpen, but if you do, rather than granite, use a mirror on top of your sharpening surface to gauge position when adjusting the fixture. gives a much better eyeball reference than granite or steel. Sharpen with power to 1200 grit then anything past that do by hand under the scope (I am assuming you have one) using a worn 50k diamond wheel to get close and finish with 3m plastic abrasive 3 -5 micron to fine tune and adjust your relief angles. It takes very little effort. Just a few strokes. You dont have to take off much metal, just be sure all the facets line up. Be sure to back up the plastic with something hard and turely flat. Relief angles can be flat or radius and they will all work fine - again, keep tthem small. too much metal removal makes for gravers which only cut straight lines.Put a secondary micro tip on the graver - sometimes called point dubbing. Make it 45 - 60 depending on what you are cutting - this takes off the sharp point which most people end up breaking when doing tight curves, by doing this you will not break tips anymore. Keep the microface much smaller than the line width you want to cut
  15. http://www.hobonickels.org/news.htm http://www.hobonickels.org/scraps07.htm#realpeople Nothing special and having a rotten time with getting them to show up correctly with cameras or scanners. The carvings are on the pages but you might have to scroll a bit to see them.