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A few rustic creations
« on: March 12, 2017, 07:50:17 pm »
Have piles of rusty old corrugated iron sitting around, Have been planning to make a few garden ornaments for a couple of years and finally got around to it yesterday.


Need to do a bit more work on the front leg and head of the cow silhouette but happy enough with how the others turned out.
Plasma would make life much easier than the oxy with a size 6 tip, not so much cutting as melting my way along, makes doing any fine detail a bit hard.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 12:21:08 am »
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 10:10:57 am »
Nice work

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 06:17:00 pm »
Maybe just rotate the corrugations on the cow like you did on the calf and the chicken? I think the detail and the silhouette is fine.
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 07:27:41 pm »
Looks pretty good.
Have you tried selling them.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 11:47:25 pm »
Looks pretty good to me.


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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 08:21:30 am »
Thumbs up, good work
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 06:26:33 am »
Found a bit of time the last couple of days to make some more of these and a couple of new designs (rooster & feeding chicken).
My brother does 4-5 farmers markets a week in Sydney, I have 3 of each design going to the city Thursday, will be interesting to see if he can move a few for me.

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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 12:41:39 pm »
Found a bit of time the last couple of days to make some more of these and a couple of new designs (rooster & feeding chicken).
My brother does 4-5 farmers markets a week in Sydney, I have 3 of each design going to the city Thursday, will be interesting to see if he can move a few for me.

What do you price them at?
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 03:48:44 pm »
Wasn't sure what to price them at, who better to ask than a teenage girl, my daughter said $20-30.
Will cover costs and make a nice profit at that so going with it to start with.
Spoke to my brother and he is of the opinion people will either love them and want them regardless of cost or not be interested in them even if you were giving them away.

I have been picking wild blackberries for a few hours once a week for the past few weeks, haven't been game to ask what he has been selling them at (at a guess $60kg +) I'm getting $35kg with him supplying punnets. Once I got my technique down I can pick sort and package almost 2kg per hour. The first week was a request for 2kg from a restaurant, I sent 3kg in 500g punnets and they took the lot. Last week I sent over 50 125g punnets to put on a stall and they went within a couple of hours.

I'm still trying to get my head around some of the prices paid and the volume he can sell. It is one of the reasons Im looking to expand my hive numbers fairly quickly. When he found out I had started with bees he said he would take 100kg a week if I can supply it.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 10:37:38 pm »
Spoke to my brother and he is of the opinion people will either love them and want them regardless of cost or not be interested in them even if you were giving them away.

I have found that the case with most craftshows/farmers markets.  If people want it they will pay for it.  Hope you do well.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2017, 04:49:05 pm »
Have sold over a dozen of these, surprisingly I have sold more through my shop than my brother has at the markets.
They are generating plenty of interest and comment in the shop, had an approach last week from a woman who is just starting a online business wanting to sell them on consignment.
Certainly not going to get rich off them but they are keeping me in beer money  :cool:

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2017, 06:25:27 pm »
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Beer money is good, good for you.
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2017, 06:27:56 pm »
Have added a few other designs and they are still continuing to sell, 3 on Saturday, 1 Sunday and another yesterday.
Will put a few more pics up when I get the chance. Have a few more cut out I need to attach stakes on but have run out of rivets, grabbed 100 when I started so must have made close to 50 of these now.

Great beer money  :cool:

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2017, 12:32:51 am »
Nice. If you made 50, how many are sold?

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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2017, 12:11:31 am »
Very cute!  :cool:

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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2017, 05:39:28 pm »
Nice. If you made 50, how many are sold?

Sent 18 to my brother, he has only sold a handful the rest have gone into our shop. Haven't kept accurate records but only had 7 left and the majority of them were hanging versions not the stake version that has been far more popular. Sold 3 while I was in the shop Sat and another Monday
some where between 20 & 25 sold in the shop at a guess

Have added a few different animals, have added another 2 styles of hens, a couple of pigs and rabbits, the hens have been by far the most popular. Had a couple of requests for pigs and only did one of each style of rabbit to see how they would go. One of those never made it into the shop, sold on the foot path before I could carry it through the door.

The more rust on the sheets of iron the better as far as the customers are concerned, lucky I have a bit of a stockpile, enough for another 100 animals at least.

I will take a few pics of the other designs when I get the chance.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2017, 07:04:31 pm »
220,
Keep an eye out for old barns being torn down. If you put it on the internet you may be able to make a good living doing it.
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2017, 04:46:46 pm »
Those are very cool. And I think the asking price is more than fair. Nice work.
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2017, 05:37:10 pm »
Still selling 1 or 2 a week in the shop, the last lot of the bulls heads I made were from a sheet my son used to pattern some 410 buckshot we had loaded. Quite a rustic look with the bullet holes and rust  :cool:
Have thought about selling them online but postage costs here in Aus are crazy, cost is nearly as much as Im selling them for.

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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2017, 11:32:29 pm »
Had a business card dropped of last week from a garden centre about 50miles away, gave them a call and they were keen to start selling some of these. No real negotiation as they were quite happy to buy them outright at a 20% discount put their own mark up on and order more as they sell. Dropped $150 worth off to them yesterday

This is one of the designs I added since starting with the originals


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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2017, 09:02:32 am »
Sounds like you have a new job/company. Congratulations. Have you picked out a company name?
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2017, 04:00:23 pm »
heres one for you.  :wink:

Honey Maker Creations.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2017, 06:58:36 am »
220,
Have you seen the new tool that they are selling on one of those paid programs?
Instead of using a saw blade, it uses a pull punch to cut. The up stroke pulls the tip through the metal and punches a hole on each stroke. It looks great for cutting tin roof. They claim it will cut 18 gauge stainless steal.
One problem, they show it making exactly what you make and make it look very easy to do.
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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2017, 06:15:48 am »
Don't know if I have seen the one you are referring to Jim, but from the description it sounds like a nibbler. They have been around for years, like a lot of paid advertising they certainly can do what they show if you have the skill. Trouble is most don't have the skill or the inclination to put in the hours need on the tool to develop it.

Started another sideline today, have been casting bullets for years and today I decided to list some on one of the free to list firearms websites.
Had 2 enquiries about my 370gr .459 coated HP in the first 4 hours. Wasn't sure how to price them so went with alloy cost + a nice hourly rate to cover the time to cast, coat & size. Only trouble is only had one box left after loading for myself the other week and have orders already for 4 boxes.
Will have to have another big casting session just had another call while I was typing asking for another 2 boxes when I can get them done.

Plenty of commercial bullet casters in Aus but no one I know of doing HP and hardball seems to be standard across the board. I guess automated casters don't lend themselves to HP. I'm casting these from 2:2:96 and surprising the number you can cast quickly with a 4 cavity mould. I usually run 2 or 3 different moulds at the same time to really speed things up pouring one while the others are cooling.

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Re: A few rustic creations
« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2017, 09:04:19 am »
are these for muzzel loaderss? what are you coating them with? have a nieghbor who cases his ammo. he coats them with powder paint. and heats them.


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« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2017, 10:42:12 am »
220, I have never seen a mold for hollow points. Is that an Australian company?
Who makes them.
Is suspect you better get busy. You will soon have more orders than you can handle.   :smile:
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« Reply #27 on: September 14, 2017, 05:09:13 pm »
I have been using them in 45/70, coating is Hi-Tek a polymer, similar but different to powder coating. I have used them with black powder loads but when I do I also use a black powder lube to help with powder fouling.
Mould is from a USA manufacturer, NOE they have a massive selection of moulds and offer HP in a lot of them. If you visit their website the HP moulds are designated with RG. I  also have 357 and 375 moulds from them that throw HP. They use a captive pin arrangement that makes casting almost as quick as a non HP and also offer FP pins so the one mould can be used to cast both FP & HP.

Will do another thread in the outdoor section when I cast up the next batch

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« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2017, 10:58:32 pm »
I will check them out. Thanks.
Jim