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Weston Bye
03-08-2015, 12:45 PM
Made this for our 45th Anniversary. Designed on my CAD system, machined from brass on my CNC mill.
The gear is about the diameter of a penny.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/DSCN5046_zpssgmw5q3d.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Weston/media/DSCN5046_zpssgmw5q3d.jpg.html)




Took the parts to my jeweler/artist friend who cast it in white gold and added the sapphire and diamond.
The gear hub is installed in the frame and gently flared so it is safely retained but free to rotate.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/DSCN5045_zpshtkixicr.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Weston/media/DSCN5045_zpshtkixicr.jpg.html)


The patina on the brass parts is the by-product of the moldmaking process for casting.

Given the content, I am good now for a long time: Sapphire=45th, Gold=50th, Diamond =75th.

chipmaker4130
03-08-2015, 12:54 PM
You are an amazing artist yourself. It is a beautiful piece.

mattthemuppet
03-08-2015, 12:57 PM
That's beautiful! She must be very happy with her gift, it looks professionally made but was made by you. 45 years as well, that's seriously impressive. I hope my wife can put up with me for that long!

Good luck with the treatment too!

A.K. Boomer
03-08-2015, 12:58 PM
That is really cool and original too - awesome Wes

chipmaker4130
03-08-2015, 01:01 PM
. . . it looks professionally made but was made by you . . .

Hey, this guy IS a professional!

(Or did you mean it looks 'commercially made'?)

duckman
03-08-2015, 08:12 PM
Weston if your going to Cabin Fever could you bring the brass piece I'd like to see it and you put it on a chain and wear so we all can see it.

Euph0ny
03-09-2015, 03:53 AM
That is exquisite!

Black_Moons
03-09-2015, 04:40 AM
Given the content, I am good now for a long time: Sapphire=45th, Gold=50th, Diamond =75th.

Yea, Just keep telling yourself that. I recommend you buy a deluxe couch and heated dog house for when that 50th and 75th rolls around and you remind her you that you already got her something years ago..

MrFluffy
03-09-2015, 06:57 AM
Cool, id have probably given my wife the brass one polished :)

George Seal
03-09-2015, 07:37 AM
My Wife wishes I had your talent

51 going on 52

Lew Hartswick
03-09-2015, 09:14 AM
My Wife wishes I had your talent

51 going on 52Mine gave up on me years ago. 57 going on 58 :-)
...lew...

Alistair Hosie
03-09-2015, 12:21 PM
Do you mean that you took wax moulds and then centrifugaly cast them or plated the brass? I have done a lot of gold casting platinum etc . Anyway keep up the good work Alistair

Weston Bye
03-09-2015, 12:53 PM
My artist friend took molds of the brass parts and then cast from those in gold. I was not present for her work.

mattthemuppet
03-09-2015, 04:28 PM
Hey, this guy IS a professional!

(Or did you mean it looks 'commercially made'?)

the second one :) I often conflate the 2 from my perspective as being neither!

Weston Bye
03-09-2015, 04:55 PM
Weston if your going to Cabin Fever could you bring the brass piece I'd like to see it and you put it on a chain and wear so we all can see it.

Sorry to say, I won't be going to Cabin Fever this year, as I will still be doing radiation. See this thread for details.
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/66265-New-Machine-in-my-life

I hope to attend NAMES, it's close enough to home, but even then I will be in the last week of the treatment and expect to be awful tired. I will be sure to bring the brass model along - maybe wear it.

Bob Fisher
03-09-2015, 07:22 PM
Nice work as usual Wes, hope to see you at NAMES this year. Don't think you are covered thu 75 tho. It never ends. Bob. 55 going on 56.