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Topic: Replacement hinges for Flame Clock
Message: Posted by: tourmagic (Oct 28, 2020 03:32PM)
I have 2 Flame Clocks that have tarnished hinges that I would like to replace. The hinges are very small: 1/2 inch x 9/16 inch.
I haven't been able to find a source, and I'm hoping that someone on the Café can help.
Here's a link to a picture: https://www.martinsmagic.com/allmagic/stage/chinese-flame-clock-by-milson-worth/
Message: Posted by: George Ledo (Oct 28, 2020 06:08PM)
Hey, Tom,

Try here:

https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop/hardware/hinges/small-box/45242-small-box-hinges?item=00D3050

I've bought a fair amount of stuff from them. You may have to buy the screws separately, but they carry them.

I also found some very small brass ones on Amazon a couple of years ago.
Message: Posted by: tourmagic (Oct 28, 2020 09:28PM)
Thanks George! The 15 x 12 mm hinge would be perfect except that the 15 dimension is the height (I assume that means the length of the pin).
What I need is a 12 x 15 mm hinge.
I found some tiny hinges on Amazon, but they're either too small (8 x 10 mm) or too big.
Thanks again for the tip on Lee Valley.
Message: Posted by: martinsmagic (Oct 28, 2020 11:57PM)
[quote]On Oct 28, 2020, tourmagic wrote:
I have 2 Flame Clocks that have tarnished hinges that I would like to replace. The hinges are very small: 1/2 inch x 9/16 inch.
I haven't been able to find a source, and I'm hoping that someone on the Café can help.
Here's a link to a picture: https://www.martinsmagic.com/allmagic/stage/chinese-flame-clock-by-milson-worth/ [/quote]
Hi tourmagic,

I've owned 3 or 4 of these and although it is one of the most iconic pieces made by [url=https://www.martinsmagic.com/product-tag/milson-worth/]Milson-Worth[/url], it is amazingly fragile. I've had issues with pretty much every one I have ever shipped. Something breaking here or there. So if you ever ship one make sure you lock down all movement inside.

It is a beauty, just not as strong internally as I would like or expect from Milson-Worth.

andy
Message: Posted by: johnsocl (Dec 27, 2020 03:31PM)
Hi, Tom -

Actually, the hinges are solid brass and only need to be polished. A little Brasso or Simichrome Polish on a microfiber cloth will remove the tarnish. I don't recommend removing the hinges as they may have stuck to the lacquer underneath causing possible damage to the finish if the hinges have to be pried loose.

Lyn Johnson
Milson-Worth
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 19, 2021 02:33PM)
If you have Hardware stores in your city, visit them, they have sold packaged small brass hinges in my town for years.
Message: Posted by: Dan Ford (Jan 19, 2021 05:06PM)
[quote]On Dec 27, 2020, johnsocl wrote:
Hi, Tom -

Actually, the hinges are solid brass and only need to be polished. A little Brasso or Simichrome Polish on a microfiber cloth will remove the tarnish. I don't recommend removing the hinges as they may have stuck to the lacquer underneath causing possible damage to the finish if the hinges have to be pried loose.

Lyn Johnson
Milson-Worth [/quote]

Use painters tape to mask around the hinges to prevent damage to the finish when you polish them.