Brass Inlay on an Old Ropp Edil

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barepipe

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A few months ago I picked up a sad old Ropp Edil shape 179 from eBay. The rim was burnt, the sides covered with tiny dents and the color was a dull dark brown with almost no grain showing. On top of that, once I started cleaning it, I found no less that 6 fills in random spots around the bowl and shank. Add to that the odd dent that was too deep to steam out. So what to do?
So I decided to try something different.
I cleaned out the fills to remove the old putty, sketched a continuous sinuous line around the pipe that connected all the holes and dents, Dremelled in a groove along the sketched line and filled it with brass, taking my inspiration from the Japanese pottery tradition of kintsugi. Some contrast staining later and after a coat of carnuba, she looks like new.
My wife says it looks like a pipe for an elve. There is certainly something archetypal in it, maybe the path of life, maybe something snake like, maybe smoke. I am quite happy with the outcome. A sad little pipe that was ready to be discarded has a new life










 

jazz

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Now that is really rather interesting. Tell me, how exactly do you get the brass in the groove?

 

balkisobrains

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Yes that is interesting. And, yes, how do you get it in there and keep it from falling out? I'm guessing that you hammer a brass wire in the groove, and attach it somehow. Are you expecting any issues with expansion/contraction of the brass causing any problems with the briar?

 

barepipe

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I use cold casting, but I found that the standard epoxy used for cold casting did not give a good enough finish so after experimenting a bit I replaced the epoxy with a high viscosity superglue to bind the brass powder.
I did a video on my YouTube channel that shows how the technique works.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/NJn2DlueApA

 
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