So in class, we work on a lot of small projects. Sometimes it's making tools, sometimes it's practicing dents or soldering that we can apply to the project instruments or graded work we turn in to the instructors. This post is dedicated to those times when the results of these projects are mega rewarding! For me, that has so far translated to building things and making them look and work really nice. And by "look nice" I mostly mean shiny! So let's get to it! Some of my favorite things I've got to work on so far...
Dun dun dunnnnn! Looks terrible, no? With the way mine buckled, the first step was to take out as many of the large creases as I could, using the dent roller, seen below. Some of the other bells with sharper creases had to be tapped down against a bell iron.
|Roller. You have to watch out for the sharp corner on the edge of this one--they create "tech-dents" in your work if you're not careful. We also had some with rounded ends which are a bit safer, but this happened to be the available one at the time.|
The above pictures show after rolling... lots of rolling. Next I flexed the throat back to round by hand and tapped the rim down, checking it by resting on a granite block to ensure levelness all the way around the rim. I also burnished out dents unreachable by the roller by alternating between the head of one of my steel hammers and a straight burnisher.
|Getting closer to done...|
The final step after everything was ironing the bell using a roller and a bell...iron. This step smoothed out all the last little creases and marks left from the previous steps. Now for a little dramatic before and after! The after pictures are of the bell once it has been all the way ironed and wiped clean of my fingerprints.
|From the side|
Trumpet 3rd Valve Slide Dent Rod
This next project was neat because we got to make a dent tool to use of our very own. Mostly pictures step by step here. Again, apologies for the formatting. This template is really not user friendly at all. First, filing a taper and shoulder at which to solder on a dent ball...
Now that everything is fit, it's time to silver solder! My favorite! (No, really... it is.)
Trumpet 1st Slide Build
The final project in this post was the 1st valve slide I got to build for a trumpet! We started with just the parts: crook, tubes, and ferrules.
|PARTS! Ferrules have been fit, and soldered to tubes|
The fixture for aligning the crook, ferrules, and tubes was the trumpet itself. The rag behind is: 1) there to prevent lacquer on the tail from scorching, and 2) dampened to prevent itself from starting on fire. As you can see, the joint on the right went better than the one on the left, which will need wiping and more cleanup.
First, wiped. Then cleaned up and buffed. Did I not deliver on my promise of shiny things in this post?! Looks ready to lacquer. But I had to wait in line so...
Mummified! To protect it from dust, scratches and some oxidation.
There! Complete, lacquered, and all ready for small crook dent practice. As Greg observed, the dish dents made it look like one of the little alien guys from Toy Story. I concur. Thanks for looking again! I'll try to put more things up soon!