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  1. Michael

    Custom Key Tags

    That's the sort of thing I was thinking. Prices seem to start at about 12p each but with add-ons was coming in at about 22p for 1000 which wasn't too bad as will probably last me a few months. Which company do you use?
  2. I'm looking for a supplier of cheap custom key tags to put customers cut keys on, bit like the ones Timp's use. I currently have a printed card put into a small self seal plastic bag but trying to cut costs a bit while still trying to look a bit professional, with a bit of advertising still going on. Any ideas? What do you lot use?
  3. Makes me wonder if people would just think it's been done by a shite hand engraver!!!!
  4. Michael

    Brass memorial engraving

    I mean as in a font that is just an outline, not an engraving font. Then fill it with an island fill routine. Use plenty of paint and drag round the letters, making sure all the corners of the letters are filled. They should look like they're filled to the top as the paint will shrink as it dries, then let them dry thoroughly. I have an old price matrix that I got from Charles Birch back in 2010. I just add about 20% to those prices. They're worked out by square inch of substrate.
  5. Michael

    Brass memorial engraving

    There's your problem. Pour it over and scrape with a plastic squeegee or credit card, leave to dry, I normally wait 24 hours (but can be done 3 or 4 hours later depending in amount of paint used), then clean with disk wrapped cloth. I use methylated spirits, they're less harsh than thinners. Polish with Peek metal polish using the wrapped disk technique with a Selvyt cloth.
  6. Michael

    Brass memorial engraving

    Not seen that before!! Maybe mix some cellulose thinners in before you pour it just to thin it out a bit??? Might help it run a bit and stay smooth.
  7. Michael

    Brass memorial engraving

    Is that a single line font? I always use an open font, then use an island fill half the width of my cutter tip. I find it gives a much cleaner engraving to fill with paint. After the engraving has run I usually brush the brass and then repeat job (without pressing the home button!) to make sure the fonts are clear so they fill perfectly.
  8. Michael

    Brass memorial engraving

    0.2mm or 0.3mm are my go to cutters for the majority of brass signs, depending on font type and size.
  9. Michael

    Brass memorial engraving

    I always use a nose cone for brass, try this.... Bring nose cone down to touch brass Insert cutter to touch brass and tighten grub screw click nose cone 8 clicks anti-clockwise start engraving
  10. Michael

    Key id please

  11. Michael

    Eurospec E*S MP10

    I would presume yes, a cutter as near as should be fine. I haven't cut many but I've not had any back. I think @grahamparker advised me on what cutter to use, he's the expert.
  12. Michael

    Eurospec E*S MP10

    F49 is a 0.8mm tip at 95 degrees F42 is a 0.7mm tip at 100 degrees - this used for Garrison keys and would probably do the job as well.
  13. Michael

    Eurospec E*S MP10

    I use T49/F49 on my Silca Matrix SX which are used for cutting Magnum dimples
  14. HD H0578 EU5R?
  15. Michael

    Tormek diamond wheel

    I bought the diamond one but thought the same. Gave a lovely finish but seemed to wear really quickly, and had a few nasty snatching moments with knives that took digs out of the edge (and very nearly my fingers!!) and made the chance of catching a knife edge worse. Shelved it and gone back to the standard wheel, much better and safer!