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    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.





    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.



    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.
    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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    You are an amazing artist yourself. It is a beautiful piece.
    Southwest Utah

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    • #3
      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!

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      • #4
        That is really cool and original too - awesome Wes

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mattthemuppet View Post
          . . . it looks professionally made but was made by you . . .
          Hey, this guy IS a professional!

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

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          • #6
            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.

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            • #7
              That is exquisite!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Weston Bye View Post
                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..
                Play Brutal Nature, Black Moons free to play highly realistic voxel sandbox game.

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                • #9
                  Cool, id have probably given my wife the brass one polished

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                  • #10
                    My Wife wishes I had your talent

                    51 going on 52
                    George from Conyers Ga.
                    Remember
                    The early bird gets the worm, BUT it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by George Seal View Post
                      My Wife wishes I had your talent

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

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                      • #12
                        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
                        Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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                        • #13
                          My artist friend took molds of the brass parts and then cast from those in gold. I was not present for her work.
                          Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                          ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chipmaker4130 View Post
                            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!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by duckman View Post
                              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/thr...ine-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.
                              Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                              ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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