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Custom Titanium stems

Discussion in 'Vapor Related Equipment' started by SuperD, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    I'm going to be getting some ready for display. Hopefully I can make something you all may be interested in. Let me know what length stems you are interested in. Im still new so learning anodizing and different finishes still.[​IMG]
    Here is a picture of a very rough prototype lol. With some practice I hope to have some better looking ones on the way. :) thumbs up lol no emoji for that shoot
     
  2. TNT_error

    TNT_error Well-Known Member

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    The homie @SuperD is located in Massachusetts so for us domestic people, this is a great choice if you don't want to wait months on a list or want a Ti stem in that waiting period. I ordered one yday, and got tracking from super earlier this morning, and can't wait to try it (went with 80mm this time).
     
  3. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    I'm going to be making these as a kickstarter to hopefully get some better tools in the future and the ability to do different finishes and anodizing options. 80mm stems will be starting at 30$ +shipping. I want to make sure you will be getting what you want so ill send pictures while I'm working on them. Thank u for the support. Ps thinking of making beads too. Trying to think of other things to make too.:)

    Super.
     
  4. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Cutting out the titanium tubes with my Titanium coated saw bit.

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    Rough titanium tubes ready to be brushed and clean off the ends.

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    Grinded bit getting ready to clean off ends.

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    Heat anodizing practice. Will b ready for orders soon
     
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  5. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Got rid of the rough edges. Now just got to do finish and anodizing.
     
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  6. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    [​IMG] crisscross Apple sauce. Practicing one one of the small pieces. People seem to prefer the larger ones lol.

    [​IMG] some bark for ya lol.
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    Shhhh :ninja: silencer finish.

    Hey all I learned a cheep way using 9v batteries to anodized the stems I'll show pictures of this mad scientist process muahahahaha. Also I'm looking for suggestions for finishes and colors. Thanks spread the word if you want.:clap:

    Hope u don't mind the many posts it stops letting me edit my own posts
     
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  7. TNT_error

    TNT_error Well-Known Member

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    My stem came in today, and I really love the rustic looks it gives. Very nice and solid. Thanks again Sean, and I'll pick up another stem soon seeing as you have been coming up with new designs so quickly haha. Thanks again for the stem and just being just a super chill dude.

    Highly recommend!
     
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  8. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Got a new finish in the works that is say is unlike any other should b ready by tomorrow. Get excited :tup:
     
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  9. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Thanks for the patients hear it is glow in the dark finish can be added to any finish with grooves. This is a prototype hopefully have more color options soon.

    My anodizing stuff came in so now I can do solid colors too. I'm going to work on some stems to show off. If u like one I would gladly sell.
     
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  10. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Lol my makeshift anodizing setup. Surprisingly good
    [​IMG] Gold anodizing 2 9volt batteries

    I'm ready for orders a stem with any design is 25$+shipping. Adding a color is 5$ extra and adding glow in the dark to a finish is an extra 7$
     
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  11. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Some pre made stems available 80mm 35 for the blue one 30 for the other 2 plus shipping can b reanodized too.
     
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  12. stardustsailor

    stardustsailor Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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    Some small things that will make your work easier,quicker and safer.

    1 ) Get one of these :https://www.homedepot.com/b/Plumbing-Plumbing-Tools-Pipe-Tube-Cutting/N-5yc1vZc4ft

    This one looks nice : https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Quick-Release-1-1-8-in-Mini-Tube-Cutter-80-784-111/204258906

    Those pipe cutters are meant for cutting copper and plastic pipes.
    But with a bit of oiling the blade and going slow on the pressure ,,it cuts Titanium like butter.
    And straight .Then it may need some grinding on the inner tube ,cause the wheel blade of the cutter
    forms a "lip " as it cuts through the material.

    2 ) Get one or couple of these : https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-Metal-Buffing-Kit-7-Piece-A10BK71/205642376

    ALWAYS after making a rough texture ,then buffer the texture with the felt wheel
    -save the cloth wheel for mirror polishing .
    You're not aiming for a mirror polish ,but to smooth out the texture.


    3 ) Place the stem on the chuck of a drill .
    Find a way to stabilise the drill on a bench .
    Set the lowest speed .
    Set the drill ON ( use the lock button )
    Work the stems with files ( for grooves & curved edges )
    and sandpapers ( 400 ,600 and 2000 is the three grits you will need ) .

    4 ) Personal Safety Equipment : Protective goggles & thick nitrile gloves -and filter mask if fine dust is being produced

    Cheers.
     
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  13. SuperD

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    @stardustsailor Thanks so much for these tips. I just recently got the tube cutter and wow so much easier I got a few table clamp coming in too. I am a big fan of your work so I really do appreciate the tips.
     
  14. stardustsailor

    stardustsailor Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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    -Always use couple drops of a thin oil a the wheel blade.Each time you will cut a new piece.

    -Tight the knob a bit more for the first turn.In order for a "clean" and "straight " cutting path to be formed.Then back the knob a bit and turn the cutter 3-4 times before re-adjusting the blade pressure .If you go "lightly"on the first turn and if the blade wheel is not tight (has horizontal backlash) then you might be cutting into a spiral path.Not good.

    -Check the axle screw of the wheel blade.Tight a bit if it's loose enough.

    -Oil the axle (inner part of the forementioned screw ) of the wheel blade, too.

    -Grease the adjusting knob threads .

    ;)
     
  15. SuperD

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    Lol got more tubes coming
     
  16. SuperD

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    [​IMG] hammered texture.

    Got more titanium in whoop whoop
     
  17. TRDreviews

    TRDreviews Vaked

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    What part of MA?
     
  18. SuperD

    SuperD Super

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    Ipswich northshore
     
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    TRDreviews Vaked

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    Damn I'm way out west. Would have liked to film the process for ya if you were closer.
     
  20. SuperD

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    I've been meaning to try to do that but only have my phone to film. I'll b trying to get around to it
     
  21. SuperD

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    Sale on pre made stems. 30+ shipping each or 2 for 50+ shipping. Got more titanium in so taking custom orders
     
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  22. Megaton

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    Alright @SuperD ! @szai recommended your stems! I'm just lurking at the moment as i can't afford to commission anything right now, but i thought i'd drop in and say hi!
     
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  23. stardustsailor

    stardustsailor Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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    SuperD Super

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    Thanks been caught up in some family stuff. Ill b trying to get metarials and get back to it soon :rockon:. Thanks for all the support. Thanks again @stardustsailor been messing with my power supply do u use anything better then baking soda for the anodizing process? I really like the colors u can get.
     
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  25. stardustsailor

    stardustsailor Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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    Yes ,gladly to share that little "secret " with you .

    You will need these :

    -Ammonium Sulfate (NH4)2SO4 : That is the main electrolyte salt .It is a common lawn fertilizer .
    -Ammonium Bicarbonate (NH4)HC03 : used for "raising" baked goodies ( cakes,bread,etc )
    - Distilled water .
    - Dish washing liquid detergent
    -pH measuring strips
    / measuring device.

    1) For every liter ( 1000 ml /cc ) of distilled water ,add one to three grams of
    Ammonium Sulfate .Shake vigorously.

    2) Then adjust the pH of the electrolyte to be slightly alkaline ( pH : 7,5 - 8 ) ,
    by adding small amounts of Ammonium bicarbonate .

    3) Add one or two drops of dish washing liquid detergent (i.e Fairy ) .
    That is the electrolyte's wetting agent.
    It will lower the surface tension of the electrolyte's water,allowing for better
    contact between the electrolyte ions and Titanium surface.
    Thus ,you will achieve better anodizing results.

    4) Let it cool and store in a clean plastic container at the fridge ,at 4°C ( 39,2 °F ) .

    5) Every time you use ( while anodising ) the electrolyte it has to be really cool ( ~ 4°C ) .

    6) Do not throw away the used electrolyte.
    Pour it back inside the plastic container and store it at 4°C ( 39,2 °F )
    If it is not contaminated with tap water or any other chlorine ion containing salt or liquid ,
    it can be used indefinitely
    .

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_sulfate
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_bicarbonate


    That is actually one of the best
    (non-toxic ,environmentally friendly ,high hue saturation,low cost,easy to make ,etc)
    electrolyte solutions for anodizing titanium and very saturated hues can be achieved when using this electrolyte.

    (...) To conclude this evaluation and optimisation of process characteristics, it is possible to state that (NH4)2SO4 and NH4BF4 represent the best electrolytes to obtain wide ranges of colours with high saturation, with optimised high anodising kinetics. The former is suggested when ideal reproducibility is required, but larger voltages are needed to increase the range of colours, which increases the equipment costs: as already proposed, this could be suitable for architectural panels. Conversely, the latter allows to achieve the same colour spectrum with lower voltages, at the expense of colour reproducibility: the higher colour saturation makes this process particularly suitable for seminoble jewels production. Both of them present similar cost and no toxicity to the environment, thus eliminating environmental risks associated with waste management.
    (...)
    https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/55256899.pdf


    Cheers.
     
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