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    Anyone in the U.S. getting their housings anodized?

    I was told that there are places that are cheap and don't have huge minimum orders, but the rumor monger that told me that hasn't come through with a name or address. Anyone know of such a place?

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    This is the DIY lighting forum so how about your garage. Do some google searches on things like 'DIY anodizing' and you should be able to find some info.

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    I've thought of that, but I have to set limits somewhere.

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    Yeah, next time we will read here: "DIY aluminium smelting"

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    Quote Originally Posted by zemike
    Yeah, next time we will read here: "DIY aluminium smelting"
    Like this ???

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    The ingenuity of folks on this forum never ceases to amaze me. Whether you smelt your own ally, find the part in the local diy store or cannibalize an existing bike light, I raise my beer to all the diy light makers!

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    I know a place that can do custom small batch anodizing in Oregon. Last I checked they had a $35 minimum order. For that price you could probably get 10-15 housings like Deesta's done. PM me if you want details.

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    Vancbiker: thanks

    I actually know someone that did backyard smelting, and I've thought of doing it myself. It's much more common than one might think. The only problem is the person I knew lost part of his foot when he spilled one of his batches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen
    the person I knew lost part of his foot when he spilled one of his batches.
    Ouch! That sux. Just curious, would leather boots keep that from happening?

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    I think they wear more than that, but leather boots are a good start. You could waste hours reading about smelting and metal casting on the web. It really does seem like a fun thing to be able to do, but like I said above, I have to set limits or I'll never get anything done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuffyPuffy
    Ouch! That sux. Just curious, would leather boots keep that from happening?
    Leather boots won't protect from molten metal. Felt boots are a good choice.

    HECKEL makes special boots to protect from molten metal.


    Well, smelting should not be confused with casting.
    Smelting is the process of making aluminium from bauxite.

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    Proper Annodizing is a real nasty process involving battery acid, and a few other chemicals.
    Not really something I would do unless you had the proper place with ventilation, etc.

    Some muncipalities will fine you if they find out you have a vat of battery acid outside of a commercial zoned area.

    Unless you are real serious about doing a bunch of it, I would hunt up someone who can do it for you.

    If you do want to give it a go, there are two main web sources for chemicals and instructions here.

    This guys site has excellent instructions and he sells kits
    http://www.focuser.com/atm/anodize/anodize.html

    http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/aluminum.htm

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    yeah ventilation is a good thing, I also wear a respirator just to be extra careful when I am checking a batch.

    Battery acid is the only real nasty. You don't really need a nickel sealer , 6061 al doesn't really require a desmut, and the dies are relatively harmless.

    but still VENTILATION

    Oh and I am building my burner for metal casting here shortly.

    Yeah you got to have limits, I just haven't found mine yet I guess

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    Good info on the 6061 process.
    I had read some instructions on how to anodize but wasn't clear if all those steps were really needed on plain ole 6061.

    The die colors seemed to be the only thing that I would have to purchase from a source.

    I have seen DIY sites usuing clothes dyes and food coloring, but I thought it would nice to get some good black dye made for adodizing.

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