Saturday, May 24, 2008
dave's bike all brazed up - what color, dave?
here's some post/during brazing pics of dave's frame. most were taken immediately after i put down the fillet and it was still really hot. the glassy residue is flux, which preps and cleans the surface as well as slowing down surface oxidation and helping the metal to flow smoothly and evenly. flux is your friend! them's some pretty smooth brazes, folks! i figure i have thousands of brazes under my belt now, and think i'm just now getting really good at it. i actually really enjoy polishing a frame now, whereas it used to entail days and days of toil. and, here's a self portrait of yours truly after cozying up to a 1600*F torch for awhile. there's allot of romance associated with framebuilding, but, don't be fooled, it's a solid bluecollar job! steve.