Dingbat - Brimstone and Furtle
September 5th, 2006
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Brimstone and Furtle

What a pleasing purplish colour sulphur burns with.

What a vile stink it produces when it does so.

As part of on-going research into the problem of Quantum Confinement of Witches by the use of 3-Dimensional Fabry-Perot Etalons, tonight I glued up the latest of my slate boxes. For the sake of it, I used molten sulphur as hot-melt glue -- It was getting on a bit late to start melting lead, as I normally use. Naturally the dribbles from the melting pot finally caught light...

I'm ashamed to say I blasted it with a fire extinguisher to put it out. I hate using those - too much like admitting defeat.

Photos after daylight returns. That's if I haven't summoned up something diabolical and brimstone-flavoured in the meantime.

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From:quercus
Date:September 6th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Slate box
Rough slate slab box.

Molten sulphur adhesive
With added sulphur glue inside. Blackened bits are where I burned it.

Finished article has a lid too.

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From:quercus
Date:September 7th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
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So, sulphur doesn't work as slate glue! Bit too brittle when set, not quite sticky enough on smooth surfaces and it doesn't penetrate far enough into the joint. I'll probably re-make it with Tar instead.

Sulphur works for iron locked into stone, but I think that's to do with the mechanical dovetailing effect.
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From:e_spy
Date:September 11th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
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Wonder if cutlers resin might work? I've no idea just how weatherproof it is, but as a hot melt glue it is pretty effective.
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From:quercus
Date:September 12th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
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Cutlers' resin (I wonder if Ivor smoked it?) is certainly sticky, but I think it might suffer from the same problem of not flowing deeply into the joints. I might mix up a batch and give it a try.
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From:e_spy
Date:September 13th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
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Good point - it's normally used with fairly low thermal masses, so the chill effect of a large lump of slate might set it up before needed. Heat gun?
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