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  1. X-metal

    X-metal Oakley Enthusiast

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    I had one broken R1 frame.
    The left lens rim was broken and one piece is missed.
    I found one people who said "I'll do it for you".

    I'll try to tell you how it's made. But my english is..........

    This image is shows the repaired lens rim. Sorry, but i lost the before pictures... :sad:

    Repaired broken X-metal frame... - R1 Lr6.jpg

    If you have a furnace (over 1500 celsius), need to make a silicone pattern of the missing piece.

    Silicone pattern inside the lens rim:

    Repaired broken X-metal frame... - Sp 3.jpg

    Without the lens rim:

    Repaired broken X-metal frame... - Sp 2.jpg

    Then fill in the silicone pattern with wax (you get a wax piece).
    Need to put in the freezer for 1 hr.
    Then this frozen wax piece need to put in plaster.
    If the plaster will be hard, put in the furnace 3-5 times for hardening. (will be like stone, and flows out the wax)
    This plaster pattern should be poured with liquid titanium (can use broken x-metal pieces. )...

    Then cut the same place the original and the produced piece and solder together the two pieces. Then sanding and sandblasting (with aluminium oxide granule, not sand).

    Sorry, but i don't have pictures for this steps... :sad:

    And the final result (not 100% but i think it is very great job! :cool-20: ):
    Repaired broken X-metal frame... - R1 Lr3.jpg

    Repaired broken X-metal frame... - R1 Lr4.jpg

    The lens rims waiting for the polishing. And I'll have a custom R1 with straight arms. The 17'th piece in my R1 collection.
     
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  2. X-metal

    X-metal Oakley Enthusiast

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    I'll get more information about the soldering...
     
  3. Krank

    Krank Oakley Enthusiast

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    I have never seen x metal repaired the way you describe. I'm pretty amazed. Nice work to whomever did the job.
     
  4. X-metal

    X-metal Oakley Enthusiast

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    :)
     
    Last edited: 1/23/15
  5. OakleyCan

    OakleyCan Oakley Collector

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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

    Do you know what type of soldering was used?
     
  6. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Awesome! The lost-wax casting you describe is basically what they used to cast x-metals in the first place, to the best of my knowledge. You should open a new x-metal factory! ;)

    Yes, lots of people have failed to solder x-metals, so if you used something that works, we'd really like to know...
     
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  7. Malv1

    Malv1 Oakley Collector

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    This is pretty awesome! Way to save a pair and thanks for sharing!
     
  8. Nortika

    Nortika Oakley Expert Premium Member

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    Great work!! It looks brand new
     
  9. joecool862

    joecool862 Keeper of the Skull Premium Member Lifetime Member

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    Using this method I see no barriers to making your own R1s. Let me know when you open up your shop, lol. Great work!
     
  10. kronin323

    kronin323 Font of Useless Knowledge Premium Member

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    Only copyright... ;)
     
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