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Instead of using nails, small discs or round pieces of any kind of metal are used. They may beef any shape-round, scalloped, leaf-shaped or semi-circles, and put on one overlapping the preceding, so when finished they may present the appearance of scales of a fish; hence the name Scale work. Any kind of material may be used-brass, iron, copper, German silver, white metal, and these several materials if used alternately have a charming effect, forming really artistic decoration. Work of this kind can be done with waste material cuttings, odd pieces that can be obtained at small cost from any dealer, tin man, or metalworker.
The file may be any ordinary file; it is for the purpose of removing roughness or inequality likely to prevent a smooth joint being made. Spirits of salts is again misnamed; for in reality it is an acid-hydrochloric acid-and what is known as “killed spirits " is really a solution of chloride of zinc. Procure a small quantity of the hydrochloric acid and place it in a small earthen jar or pot, and put into it a few small scraps of zinc, which must be perfectly clean. The acid will at once act on the zinc part of it, uniting with the metal, thus forming the chloride of zinc.
First from six hoops of round wire of medium strength, or, if preferred, square iron strips one eighth of an inch in width. One of these hoops for the top, one for the bottom, and four for the cylinder. Metal Working Techniques. 34 Decorative Metal Work. The bottom may be of thin wood, bound with one of the rings and made fast to the lower edge of the cylinder. The top should be fastened to the upper edge, with one piece of ribbon to act as a hinge. Opposite the hinge may be a bow to act as a handle to lift the lid by.