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Finally caught a 15% coupon at Horror Fright and sprung for an English Wheel. Assembled it this morning, seems quite well made for The Land of Almost Right.

Be a couple of days before I can get to the finger-pinching, we'll see how much perfectly good metal I can turn into scrap.
 
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First attempt at using the English Wheel. Aluminum flashing, very light. I'm reasonably pleased with the outcome, bearing in mind that it's a rough pattern for test purposes. Rolled the belly in it and then stuck the flanges in the brake and squeezed them back flat.

I expect rolling the final product out of 1/8 malleable aluminum will take quite a lot more work, and bending the flanges back flat probably won't go as well.
 
Be careful annealing ally, it can't be hardened again easily. So,,the annealed ally will stay very soft and bend very easily. On the other hand aluminium work hardens, so putting it through an English wheel will have some work hardening effect.
 
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