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Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). YouTube Channel Daily live streams at John Wells
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Fri, 2021/05/14 - 6:01pm

The laser printer method I tried for applying a resist to the metal for etching isn't working out to my satisfaction so I ordered a vinyl cutter - which seems to be the wat to go for good etching.  It this budget model doesn't work out, I may have to return it and order a better model.  Already figured out the software and have a test ready to cut when the cutter arrives next week.  83,90,60,0,B

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more bunnies...

Thu, 2021/05/13 - 3:58pm
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new bunny routine...

Wed, 2021/05/12 - 6:18pm

Lately in the early evening, the same bunny has been hanging around near my fridge on the porch.  He knows where the carrots are... 64,75,57,0,B

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first acid etching test...

Tue, 2021/05/11 - 4:59pm



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Mon, 2021/05/10 - 4:42pm


Prepped for the acid test tomorrow... 91,95,67,0,B

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no excuse...

Sun, 2021/05/09 - 3:22pm

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 

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new experiment...

Fri, 2021/05/07 - 5:07pm

Going to try my hand at acid etching on some castings.  Giving the low budget transfer process a shot first.  Laser print the reversed image on glossy magazine stock.  Heat transfer to metal.  Soak in ferric chloride.  First hurdle was figuring out free software called Inkscape to create the image and successfully printing it.  Acid and rubber gloves coming next Tuesday.  86,90,64,0,B 

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kids will be kids...

Thu, 2021/05/06 - 3:46pm


Already looking to get into trouble...85,91,68,0,B

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the final frontier...

Wed, 2021/05/05 - 5:28pm


SpaceX finally nails a Starship landing...


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something for the tourists...

Tue, 2021/05/04 - 2:48pm


First test cast of a "sugar skull" in aluminum bronze.  Working on casting this with customizable text on the back.  73,81,58,0,B

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fire and metal...

Mon, 2021/05/03 - 8:40am
My largest cast to date...which is why my pour was pretty sloppy. I wasn't used to handling this much molten metal and didn't have the crucible close enough to my pouring targets. The Harbor Freight knife has a stainless steel blade and hollow aluminum handle and weighs 1 pound. The casting came in at just under 2 pounds. Vertical casting into clay or stone molds was the primary way that weapons and tools were made during the bronze age. I made this mold in petrobond - an oil-bonded and pre-mixed moldable clay/sand mixture that I ordered from PMC Supplies via Amazon. My alloy is 91% copper and 9% aluminum. I recently acquired 100 pounds of copper ($40) and 15 pounds of aluminum (FREE). That should be enough to keep me busy for awhile...
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Daily Bread

Sun, 2021/05/02 - 3:48pm
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Pandemic Saturday

Sat, 2021/05/01 - 2:00pm

 Should you get vaccinated?

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A heavy pour...

Fri, 2021/04/30 - 4:55pm


A bit sloppy with the molten metal, but I think it worked.  Going to clean it up and polish it tomorrow.  Video Monday.56,63,57, .27",C  

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fingers crossed...

Thu, 2021/04/29 - 4:02pm



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another casting experiment coming up...

Wed, 2021/04/28 - 4:57pm



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Corner marker #1

Tue, 2021/04/27 - 3:03pm



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just what I needed...

Mon, 2021/04/26 - 4:05pm


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biblical foundry talk...

Sun, 2021/04/25 - 1:50pm

Ezekiel 22:17 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 18 “Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver. 19 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Because you have all become dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem. 20 As silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are gathered into a furnace to be melted with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you. 21 I will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her. 22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the Lord have poured out my wrath on you.’”  

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