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Offline Fergus OMore

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Uses for Bronze Powder?
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:26:53 PM »

I have several pounds of bronze powder  which has not been used since before WW2.

Are there any uses for it other than gilding picture frames etc?  I thought of mixing it with epoxy resin as a filler to take up wear.

Comments welcome

Norm

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 12:51:59 PM »
Spray metal coating using a special oxy-acetylene torch that entrains the powder into the flame. (I have the torch)

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 05:16:37 PM »
Mix it with a little dry-powder flux, and use it as brazing spelter.

Most bronze alloys have a fairly low melting point, so ideal for sweated joints on brass, where you don't want to get things too hot and risk sagging the job.
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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 06:26:42 PM »
Thank you but this powder was definitely not for melting or spraying. The owner( died 1939 before WW2) was a master in glazing, sign writing and employed 50 staff. I still have some of his coloured bronzes as well as some gold leaf left.

Oddly, he was a sort of relative to the real Alice in Wonderland and John Dobson, the Newcastle architect.
Dobson designed Newcastle Central Railway Station  as well.

But thanks

Norm

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 04:52:34 AM »
Hi Norm

That makes me feel better about some of the stuff I have lying around that hasn't been used for years.

I'd guess you could mix it with varnish to make metallic paint.  If it's been lying around that long without a use you could always weigh it in.

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 09:02:50 AM »
I think that I should go for the original uses and get some rabbits' tails and do up a few 'Old Masters'.

If you know what I mean :lol:

Norm

My late wife recycled the gold fillings from rotten teeth which she had extracted. Of course, she made little ingots but they wouldn't assay. I suppose it was the platinum :dremel:

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 09:32:15 AM »
Clearing out my Portakabin this morning prior to it's re-roofing I came across the Rototec metalising gun that would lay your powder down a treat for shaft or bearing recovery.


(Those prices were at least 12 years ago!)

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2018, 06:13:17 AM »
I think that I should go for the original uses and get some rabbits' tails and do up a few 'Old Masters'.

If you know what I mean

Norm

My late wife recycled the gold fillings from rotten teeth which she had extracted. Of course, she made little ingots but they wouldn't assay. I suppose it was the platinum :dremel:

Norm
I did see a warning somewhere that dental gold would test at 24k using the common acid tests.



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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2018, 09:45:21 AM »
The gold alloy was recast many years ago- by my late wife who was a FRCS(Edin) and a Dip.Orth. RCS(Eng)-- amongst a lot of other things like a BA, a Dip.Mus-- and sort of knew an odd thing or two- like playing a Bari sax and a classical clarinet and piano. Not necessarily together , of course.

It was mainly trying to tidy up bits and bobs that she never found time to do---like housework and cooking :coffee:

Yes?

Norm

 

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2018, 12:26:54 PM »
New hobby?


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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2018, 12:43:12 PM »
Norm, DONíT sneeze in the box again.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup:

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Re: Uses for Bronze Powder?
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2018, 12:52:36 PM »
Thanks,  :lol:

Only them that knows their own nose, knows.

or would you have "everything that glisters is not gold'?

Joules, you're a 'Jewel'

I'll get me coat

Norm