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Old 11-03-2006, 01:56 PM   #1
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Jeweling metal

I have two 1911's and I just finished building a third in .40 S&W. I have refinished 2 of them in Norrell's semi-gloss black. I woult like to do the jeweled effect on the barrel hoods and triggers on those two pistols. Anyone have any ideas on where I can find the supplies and directions to try this. Any direction you could point me would be very much appreciated.

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Rick
 
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Old 11-03-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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Brownell's, where else?
 
Old 01-12-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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I ordered my end brushes and my silicon carbide polishing compound from McMaster Carr (www.mcmaster.com). I ordered 3/16" brushes and 120 grit polishing compound. I am going to do my trigger, hammer & barrel hood on my Kimber Custom II 1911. You want to remove any inperfections and scratches before jeweling, using a buffing wheel on a grinder and some polishing compound. Get everything to the highest mirror polish using the grinder and buffing wheel. Then mount the piece in a vice on your mill or drill press. Coat the piece with the grease/silicon carbide polish compound, touch down on the piece for a few seconds with your spinning endbrush, reindex and repeat. Try it on scrap metal before trying it on your good stuff. Hope this helps.
 
Old 01-19-2007, 04:38 PM   #4
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Jeweling - update

I did my Springfield XD40 barrel hood. Turned out really good. I am doing my friend's barrel out of his Glock this weekend. I also did my Kimber's Hammer, Trigger, Barrel Bushing, and the barrel hood. I used a horozontal indexer that uses a C5 collet http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?P...MITEM=235-6011 for the barrel hood. Everything came out very nice. really looks good after it was put back together.
 
Old 01-21-2007, 04:59 PM   #5
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Jeweling - Photo Link

Just wanted to add a URL to some pictures of the Glock and Springfield Armory barrels I jeweled recently. Enjoy.

http://s60.photobucket.com/albums/h1...ic95/Jeweling/
 
Old 02-21-2007, 10:34 PM   #6
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Sorry, I haven't been back to check on this post in awhile.

Kimber, that's what I was looking for. How fast do you turn your brushes, and how much overlap do you use? Nice pics and a job well done.

Rick
 
Old 02-22-2007, 04:57 AM   #7
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Jeweling

I set my mill to the highest RPM and I used 1/8" (.125) over lap.
 
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