The characteristics of various types of pigments and colorants and their application in art and industry.
Article demonstrating various simple shop techniques to make sculpture stands and bases out of metal and other materials
How acrylic plastic (Plexiglas) can be used to create home or office furniture and decor along with modern works of art.
Information on using ordinary hand and power tools to cut and machine acrylic plastic.
This article describes the process of dyeing acrylic plastic like Plexiglass and Lucite untilizing dye baths to color the acrylics. The main focus will be on dip or immersion dyeing.
A look at the various uses of the step drill bit in the workshop or art studio.
Learn how to add color to clear lacquers with pigments and dyes to create fast-drying custom paints and toners!
Conventional and unconventional us for angle iron in industry and the home workshop.
Comparing the simularities and differences in brazing and soldering as it applies to aluminum alloys. The techniques of each will be discussed.
Examining the various patinas and related finishes for steel. These finishes either involve oxidation of the metal or are nonreactive finishes.
A comprehensive article covering the history, development and various uses for the carbon arc.
Demonstrating the versatility of a professional variable jigsaw in metal working. Numerous metal cutting blades will be discussed as well as various techniques.
I will be summarizing the common and not so common applications of the very versatile angle grinder.
This article is about the types of metals commonly available to the metal artist. A description of each metal/alloy and their applications will be described.
Learn how to form metal bowls from thin sheet metal using a hammer. I'm sharing two methods to inspire your creative juices.
This article is about potassium permanganate and its various uses in the lab and in industry
I discuss the preparation of pure hydrochloric acid for lab use. I mention tradtional and nontraditional methods.
In this article, I discuss five cleaning fluids to removed dried acrylic paint from surfaces. I discuss the properties of each cleaner and any hazard involved.
Rust removal by chelation does not dissolve steel like the strong acids. The chelating agent used to remove rust are organic and biodegradable.
In this site I discuss 3 possible avenues to nitric acid preparation. They all involve a nitrate salt and a strong acid.
In this site I describe an easy method of how to cut a straight cut with an angle grinder. I also show how to check the results and how it can be fixed.
The oxygen-acetylene torch is a very versatile tool for the studio metal artist. You can weld, braze, heat form and cut steel with a gas torch.
In this writing, I discuss the history of sulfuric acid preparation. I then talk about physical and chemical properties to illusrate the various ways sulfuric acid can be evaluated experimentally.
Learn about the fats and oils used in making soap as well as the differences between saturated and unsaturated fats.