ETA 6498 Decoration Pt. 3
Before doing anything with the 6498, I practiced with some brass discs to get a feel for how the perlage shows up. I also experimented with the Cratex. I sanded some of the tips down to a 3mm - 4mm diameter to produce smaller perlage.
On to the movement itself...I started on the outside edge and worked my way to the center. I overlapped each circle about 1/2 way into the previous circle. I like that the result isn't perfect. To me, I believe, it adds to the handmade quality of the watch. Perlage done by CNC machines are spaced perfectly, which is fine, but I much prefer the unique pattern of the perlage when applied by hand. This will make each movement I decorate even more unique.
11/12/2014 09:46:41 pm
I'm really inspired and amazed at your work that i want to try it too. Just to know, is your cratex Extra fine quality and straight cylinder shaped? Also, how exactly do you shape the cratex?
11/18/2014 04:08:46 am
Ivan, I bought an assortment of grits. I believe I used fine and extra fine mostly. I shaped and reshaped the tip w/ 150 grit sandpaper while it was spinning in the drill.
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Ok...so I like watches. I like them enough to make them myself. Enjoy.