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This is my blog about creating a startup LED flashlight business. I'm a designer, fabricator, and strategist and I'm passionate about making ideas real. I believe that products are about people, that they should be built to last, deliver real value, and that we need to do a better job than we have in the recent past.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Getting a little fancy: Titanium flame coloring

So I've been meaning to do this for ages. Finally remembered while I was in the shop today. Titanium produces some awesome temper colors when heated, much like steel, but even more dramatic. I do this by hand with a propane torch so every one will look a little different. The fade and asymmetry is intentional :)

I think it goes great with the nickel finish! But I'm biased. 
The different colors represent different temperatures as I heated the material. I've done this on some other Ti stuff over the years and I'm really pleased with how the clip turned out. I plan to offer this as a new option for an extra $5 bucks. Any feedback? Don't forget to click on the image for a larger view!

1 comment:

  1. My comment vanished! Or there will be two.

    I really like this idea. Have you considered niobium as well, not sure of the price difference between the two, or the Tm or other things.... :) (Been a while)

    Holly Yashi uses Nb great effect in her jewelry line:

    And if you use NbTi you can have a superconducting flashlight! Now that would be awesome too!