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I recently bought a beautiful French crystal regulator. It however has one major wart.…. It’s missing a section a decorative brass banding around its top-section.
Does anyone know where I might find a replacement piece? Or the name of someone who does custom banding?
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It will be difficult finding a exact replacement. You can try searching for gallery wire or gallery banding. IMO, best bet would be either make it yourself or specialty supply company. Possibly a place like etsy or ebay. Etsy specializes in handmade and custom items. However, will be costly if custom. I would be willing to try if you want.
That is the width and thickness?
I make stuff like this type of stuff every now and again. For a simple explanation, I usually start with a harvested section. I make a 2 peice hard plastic mold. Then use that mold to press thin strips of metal. These plastic dies dont last long and the metal needs to be thin and malleable. If material is too thin and of concern you can backfill with with epoxy, shellac, wax, etc. If thickness needs to be increased place a backer strip or made up with the backfill. Also, you can use the mold to make metallic colored epoxy replacements. Surprisingly the color match can be quite close originally but does not tarnish over time.
There is other ways too but this is how I do it.
Hello, and thanks for the response and detailed explanation!
It seems like almost all my internet searches for decorative banding eventually lead me to Etsy. I’ve seen quite a few gallery wires on Etsy similar to what I need, and many more that I almost like better than what’s already on the clock.
But I‘d prefer to bring the clock back to its original look, which means I’ll likely need to go the custom route.
I’m out if town for work until Monday night. But when I get back I can send you some better closeup pictures and measurements of my banding.
A couple quick questions in the meantime……
1. Is it possible to capture all the detail of the original piece using a mold and pressed metal?
2. Or is the fidelity better by using epoxy?
3. And of course finally, can you give me a ballpark estimate on what you would charge me to do this? (I‘m guessing I’d probably need about 18-24” x .5”)
Sounds good. By the way, I might actually paint/gild the existing banding (haven’t decided yet). But if I do, then you wouldn’t even need to try and match colors If you do an epoxy reproduction.1. I would need a harvested section of the original banding. Then it would be close to a exact duplicate of the harvested section, which would remain intact and fully reusable. However, as the plastic dies are used they wear out. So it is best to make 2 copies of the die right away.
2. I would say... maybe. If the dies are already made and functional, it is little extra cost or time to make a epoxy section. The issue for me is I do not see some colors well. So I would have to get my wife to try to match the color. But thats not a big deal.
3. Will have to get back to you on that. I have never done anything that small and do not know if it will work. I will try to test with similar stuff I have here tomorrow.
Sounds good. By the way, I might actually paint/gild the existing banding (haven’t decided yet). But if I do, then you wouldn’t even need to try and match colors If you do an epoxy reproduction.
Well Houston, we have a problem…..
When I got home last night to measure the clock, I discovered a problem: The recessed space where the (presumably) missing banding goes is 5/16” (8mm) wide, whereas the existing banding is 7/16”. See attached picture.
So…..is it possible to make a duplicate—but smaller—cast?
Or might there be another solution?
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I sent you a PMWell, that sucks.
There is a few possibilities to recreate. I would be possible to create a silicone mold, compress the mold to correct width, then cast. I do not think that would mess with scaling much.
You could contact someone who does 3d printing. If the model is hard enough, it could be used as a metal punch die. Or model and print yourself. Many libraries have 3d printers now.