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Thread: Iíve made A Bell, But Will It Jingle?

  1. #11
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    I am still intending to try to make one, but it takes me a while to get around to things these days.
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    Something to try this year!
    Did you put hours through the tumbler yet Dennis?

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    Default Not a great success.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wallace View Post
    Did you put yours through the tumbler yet Dennis?
    Yes Wallace, I left it in the tumbler all night with mixed shot and as predicted it became full up. The impact had also slightly closed the slot. So I restored the gap and even increased the size of the holes a little, but a magnetic pick up tool strong enough to hold my draw tongs had no effect on the stainless shot.

    Eventually I found that the best way to get then out was to hang the bell on a thread and shake it vigorously over my bench tray. Strangely only the smallest balls had got in and none of the needles. There were more than sixty, not counting the ones that rolled away on the floor.

    One interesting result is that there are no fine needle marks, showing that they glance harmlessly off even large rounded surfaces.

    Does it ring any better? Well no, I didn't expect it to, really. We've agreed in the past, that tumbling only hardens the surface a little and in this case it would be only the outer surface. Thank you all for your input, Regards, Dennis.

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    Well I guess it was worth trying but I think shaking the bell vigorously for several hours would do the same. You could always attach it to the cat.

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    Thanks for the info on the plate anyway Dennis

    DONNIE

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    Quote Originally Posted by caroleallen View Post
    Well I guess it was worth trying but I think shaking the bell vigorously for several hours would do the same. You could always attach it to the cat.
    Somehow I don't think he'd like that, Carole.
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    at least I will save on electricity, tumble mix and doing the hippy hippy shake. thanks for the update Dennis.

    kindest

    Wallace

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    I'd love a silver bell exactly like the one in The Polar Express, how cool would that be on a christmas tree? x
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    love it! Perfect little bell. I also have failed to complete Operation Bell™, but def. want to as my big giant psycho cat Pixel loves his bell on his collar.

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    Takes all the fun out of mousing!!!!!!! I wonder if putting a small glass bead inside would make it ring. Silver makes a thud rather than a ring.

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