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    Post Variations on a theme

    Just before Christmas, there was a post showing some nutcracker presses I liked, so I thought I'd try making some for people for next year. I got the prototype done using the photos posted on this board as a starting point. Since I don't have a mill, I had to depart from what was shown, and figure out other ways to decorate it. This is my first try at posting a photo on this board, so we'll see if it works.

    Lynn S.

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    Well done. Just imagine what you can do with a mill.

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    Fantastic!!! What kind of a finish is that? Can you post a close-up of it?
    To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

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    G.A. Ewen,

    The finish is engine turning, or jeweling. It's a little difficult to photograph, but another photo is below, that shows this feature more clearly. If it would be of use, I can try and take a close-up tonight, but I don't know how well it will work. Let me know if you would like me to do that.



    Lynn S.

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    Nicely done!
    Barry Milton

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    Very nice! Can hardly see from all the light reflecting off that finish!

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    Lynn,
    work looks great! When you take your next picture, scrap the flash and move to a little brighger area. Then for a really nice shot, cut a hole the size of the lens in a larger sheet of white cardboard or stiff typing paper. Now poke the lens through the hole and aim at the subject, the white paper will be reflected into the metalic surface and back to the lens. The result should be what you want. Want to show 3-d affect, just paint a black 2 inch wide stripe diagonally on your white cardboard and see if that don't do the trick.

    Again, nice job on the cracker and the jeweling looks better than any results I ever got!

    Ray....
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    Nice variation Lynn! Be interesting to see what sort of close up you can get perhaps trying Ray's suggestions.
    Perhaps you would like to say a little more about how you did the engine turning. There was a discussion on this a while back and like most things there were many different ideas. Just interesting what method you used to get your result.
    Good bit of latteral thinking on varying the theme.

    John.

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    Thanks for the compliments. I will try to take some close-ups tonight and post a description of the engine turning process. It's really not that tough, but it is time consuming and tedious.
    Lynn S.

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