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RyanDicharry
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Can some one tell me where is the best place to buy sheet aluminum for making blades? Also what is the best thickness to use? I need to make several blades for an illusion and I am having trouble finding a source for the aluminum sheets. The plans call for 1/8" but I think 1/8"thick is too thick.



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Ryan
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For my metals needs I have always gone to onlinemetals .com. You can also get new customer discounts and I have always found them to have some of the best prices. I don't know if their sheet aluminum will fit your needs but they have a ton of choices along with all of the spec data on each metal.
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Check your yellow pages or YP.com for sheet metal suppliers. If you post your location & the type of illusion you are building you will probably get better or more pertinent advice.
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Thickness will depend a lot on the size of the blade. If the metal is too thin on a large blade, it will flex a lot and look less serious.

1/8" is fairly sturdy, but it is also heavy. I have had 1/8" on blades for a Girl Without a Middle (very large blades), but opted for a lighter gauge for Zig Zag blades.

You may be able to find it locally, depending on where you live. Search sheet aluminum and sheet metal in your Yellow Pages. This is ideal because you can probably also get it cut to specific sizes. You can also do quick Google searches online to find many sources.

Edit: Typing as others were posting... Sorry for any redundancies. Smile
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Michael, Great minds....
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...vs slow typing. I'll accept my bronze medal and go home.
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http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-aluminum-sheets/=gq90b3

Click on Multipurpose Aluminun (Alloy 6061)

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On 2012-03-19 07:04, remote guy wrote:


Click on Multipurpose Aluminun




Aluminun - Strong, lightweight, and will whack your hand with a ruler.
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Hey Michael,

That's funny!

I had my share of whacks to the hand with a ruler by a nun.


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Surprised nobody mentioned eBay. I don't really like to get much on ebay, but I have had a lot of success getting raw materials on eBay. USPS has a pretty decent size flat rate priority mail box that you can ship up to 70 pounds for the same price. You can fit a lot of aluminum in those!
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Look in your phone book for metal suppliers. Check under Steel as well as Metal. Many steel suppliers also carry AL. If you can dig through a scrap bin, you can usually get what you want for not too much money. Also, you can look at stainless steel sheet at thinner gauges. Just a thought.

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On 2012-03-18 23:23, Michael Baker wrote:
I'll accept my bronze medal and go home.


I think you deserve Gold Medal.... As long as you keep the stove at 375. Nothing is worse then a burnt biscuit.

(In case that joke was over your head http://goldmedalflour.com/Products.aspx )

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Seriously though Alloy 6061 is soft and not conducive to machining (supposing you want a shape_ on the other hand 6061 is good for shearing so a straight-angle blade would work for this material. Don't expect a high shine though, again, you need a harder metal to create a high shine.
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On 2012-03-18 23:23, Michael Baker wrote:
I'll accept my bronze medal and go home.


I think you deserve Gold Medal.... As long as you keep the stove at 375. Nothing is worse then a burnt biscuit.

(In case that joke was over your head http://goldmedalflour.com/Products.aspx )


C'mon, Jay... Are you slipping? You're talking to a Baker. Smile
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Aaarrrggggggg

You're gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo d
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I might also mention that you should bake biscuits in the oven and not on the stove, and the temperature should be at least 425 degrees. Smile Smile

(This would be about the time my ex-wife would have thrown the rolling pin at me.)
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Are you two baking biscuits or puns?
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Ryan, if you're still looking for sheet aluminium for your blades, try Amazon. They have a huge selection of aluminium sheets in many different sizes and thicknesses. A quick search came up with this: http://bit.ly/HfDpFV

Best,
Sam
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