ETA 6498 Decoration Pt. 2
I bought a bag of screws off of eBay to practice with…and that made a big difference. Just being able to see how different the shades of blue can be. With all the practice screws I turned blue, it gave me a good feel for what color I wanted and how long it took. Most of the time the screws were on the iron for between 5-8 seconds.
Now concerning prepping the screws. All the screws are nickel plated…which won’t turn blue unless the nickel is removed. So far I have simply polished the nickel off the top of the screw…so only the polished face of the screw head turns blue. I like how they turn out w/ the slot for the screwdriver staying silver…
Many of the screws I practiced with weren’t plated…so when they hit the iron, the entire screw turned blue…which is cool too, but the only way to get that w/ the 6498 screws would be to take them to a plating company and have the nickel removed (which I may try one day…but for this project, I just went w/ removing the nickel from the screw face).
10/1/2011 02:42:21 pm
Removing any nickel plate is easy enough; Get a nickel plating solution ($7.00/8 oz) and set up for nickel plating, only reverse the anode and cathode. In other words, positive lead from a wall charger or similar dc power supply on the nickel plated screw and negative lead immersed in the plating solution. A 3.5v, 500 mA wall charger will strip the plate off a screw in about two minutes.
11/12/2014 09:45:16 pm
Hey! What volt of the soldering pen do you use? I think there are several voltages and each one goes up to a differ temperature.
11/18/2014 04:13:11 am
The soldering iron pictured is an old one from RadioShack. Here is some info from the unit itself.
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Ok...so I like watches. I like them enough to make them myself. Enjoy.