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labor intensive...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/06/12 - 5:16pm
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The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/06/11 - 3:26pm

John Waters dropped off another newspaper vending box and removed the locks on both.  Doing some repairs on the coin mechanisms.  Not sure what I am going to do with these... 101,107,81,0,B

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low tech heat press...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/06/10 - 3:35pm

I found that the secret to consistent results heat transferring an etching stencil to the back of the sugar skulls is pressure.  101,108, 84,0,C

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new back etching...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/06/09 - 4:35pm



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a hot week in the desert...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/06/08 - 4:35pm


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solar shower season

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/06/07 - 5:20pm

Drained the tank on the solar shower today to empty out the crud inside that was clogging it up.  100,104,79,0,B

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/06/05 - 3:28pm


good news(except for those who are still dying)

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that storm...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/06/04 - 6:04pm
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a little pump action

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/06/03 - 4:56pm

It has been over 2 years since I have been able to pump out of the arroyo.  Had a feeling I would be getting a chance soon so two days ago I changed the oil and drained the old gas out of the trash pump and made sure it would fire right up when I needed it.  I needed it this afternoon.  Was able to tank 2,000 gallons while the creek was running.  66,88,66, .375",B

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seems like...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/06/02 - 5:17pm


...we are in afternoon thunderstorm season.67,93,73,T,B

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Rabbits resting...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/06/01 - 5:21pm



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another casting video...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/05/31 - 4:29pm
Casting an aluminum bronze calavera (sugar skull) for sale to the tourists. A calavera [plural: calaveras] is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to edible or decorative skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay that are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls. This is a full video of the making of the mold. I've revised (and refined) my casting method since the previous video to speed up the process and render even better detail. I was getting too much shrinkage which was giving me a dimple on the back so I added a large feeder to the part. I'm using petrobond casting sand. The reddish sand is fresh petrobond that gets sifted over the pattern for good detail. The darker sand I use to pack the molding flask is refurbished petrobond that has been used several times. After casting, the really burnt sand gets put aside to be sifted, oiled (I use thread cutting oil), and mulled for reuse. I call the aluminum bronze alloy that I make "220"...which I mix by using 200 grams of copper and 20 grams of aluminum. That gives me a bronze that is 9% aluminum. I chose that mix because it is easy to use those numbers for different sized batches.
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for all have sinned...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2021/05/30 - 3:34pm

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 

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Pandemic Saturday

The Field Lab - Sat, 2021/05/29 - 4:41pm



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in production...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2021/05/28 - 3:30pm



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the good life...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2021/05/27 - 5:50pm


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Shipping Dept.

The Field Lab - Wed, 2021/05/26 - 2:32pm

Aluminum bronze sugar skulls on there way to their new owners.  93,100,66, .24",C

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the muddy road...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2021/05/25 - 4:42pm
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The Field Lab - Mon, 2021/05/24 - 4:41pm

It has been almost two years since there has been enough rain in one storm for this arroyo to run (and this is several hours after it stopped raining).  A nice downpour around 9PM last night and again at 4 AM.  I almost forgot what a good thunderstorm was like.  Altogether I got just over an inch of rain.  That gave a much needed boost to my catchment tanks.  85,97,65, 1.1", B

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