Post by Luke Skywalker on Feb 17, 2016 1:23:37 GMT -5
Most of you know ARKM's long history with the IRA. Not only has ARKM had a long history of productions but he's also had some groundbreaking innovations to the hobby. From the first ever razor blade plugs, to perfecting the art of salt water etching on saber hilts, to custom sabers and parts, these are just a few of the things ARKM has done in the past.
ARKM has also served as moderator for several years as well.
It was always a pleasure to work with ARKM as mod and he's always been a valued member of the IRA. And now it's my pleasure to reinstate him in the Imperial Armory.
I have a saber in mind that when it get's made (which may be a very long time from now), will be the ultimate in etched hilts, at least to me (that's right, I said it!). Etching/engraving from top to bottom. It will be my magnum opus... and yet will probably still pale in comparison to some of the awesome hilts I've seen here, lol.
I don't offer etching and have no plans do so. It's one of those things that has a high margin for error (at least for aluminum) and when it goes wrong, the part is ruined. Too nerve wracking to do on other people's saber parts.
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5