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A noob and his experiments 
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Mad scientist time...
OK, above you saw that I tried caking on coffee grinds mixed with turmeric powder. It yellowed it a bit.
Then, I keep reading about the baking it in the oven idea... so, I decide to try something.
I was making coffee when I realised I didn't have enough coffee for a proper brew. I use one of those stovetop espresso percolators. So, I decided to add some cinnamon and turmeric powder to cover the shortage. It was a nice cup of coffee.
Then I got the idea, what if I threw my pilot dial into the grounds and heat it up a bit, would that work like the oven?
So I tried. I like the bizarre colouring that it left behind. That said, I am now trying the same thing with the hands because they justdon't match at this time...
Here is a recent pre-coffee pic.
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Here's the coffee maker...
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And here is the dial.
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I'll post more when I get the hands looking the way I want


Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:42 am
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I'm digging that colour! :clap:

And welcome to the madness from a fellow Canuck :wave:


Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:09 am
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I don't like the strap with the orangy colours. How about this?
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Thoughts on the new look? It's getting there, but I need some advice, as to what it needs.
I have a leather strap I might try to distress and recolour the bright white stitching. Need to find a leather(ish) punch too before I put it on.

It has to come apart soon, I left a smudge on the crystal and it's bugging me.

Ni8rider... Falmouth, Point Pelee, or Victoria? Figure I have the southern-most in each region. Cheers.


Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:33 am
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So, black hands arrived for experiment 5. I'm much happier. Just have to fix up the dial a bit. So I'd say it's 90% done. Image

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Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:14 am
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Black hands works for me, nice choice.

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Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:25 am
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Four purchases arrived this week. Experiment 4's dial arrived from Athaya. It's raw SS right now, but I can't wait to get a chance to clean it up and paint it.

Also I finally stripped the corguet for the case and maybe hands for Exp. 6, the 2nd Tokotai. It has a big coin edge bezel. The dial for that and a few other projects are on their way from rmcsherry. The 6497 clone from the Corguet has been put away to go under an art deco Ross dial(exp 8) in a Corguet 46mm case. I'll look for a nice Swiss movement for that.
The case​ arrived for exp. 7, a Pam homage with a black/red guitar-style sunburst. (I hope to make a matching 35mm version for the wife from a vintage Vantage).
Now, if only I had paint and tools for the dials... Can't wait to get to BC this summer to get 'dialing'.
Also, this summer I'll pick up the 2 movements I acquired from unreformed66. (Not to mention another donor watch or two.)

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Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:43 am
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This is the full family of current experiments and a runt (The BS 24hr Sturnmanski with a converted Raketa that didn't work well - it's waiting for a Ronda Quartz 505.24 or 515.24).

They are in order 1 to 8. Yes, the dial is all that 's left of 3. This was before I put the black hands on 5, and stripped the movement and case out of 6. I know a lot of this is Chinese, but I don't mind the quality of the cases, and I won't be afraid to take a file to them.

I'm definitely ready for this move into customized dials, and Swiss movements.

And I'm still blessed that the wife hasn't grumbled too much. She knows it keeps my mind occupied.

Cheers everyone.


Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:49 am
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macosie wrote:
So, black hands arrived for experiment 5. I'm much happier. Just have to fix up the dial a bit. So I'd say it's 90% done. Image

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Waiting on a movement from unreformed66 for this... The chinese 6498 died the day after this pic.

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Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:12 pm
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Well, 8 projects going... I can see you're fully into the hobby! :thumbup:

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Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:46 pm
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Always gives me something to do when waiting for things to arrive. So jumped in.
Needed a hobby, no place to work on bikes or cars, not much of a cook, no home improvements for the rental unit... Watches seemed a good choice.

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