Would you be willing to expand on your brief description of using
pencil lead for cheniers?
There's really not much to it, and it frees up a lot of time.
I buy the leads for mechanical pencils, they only come in a limited
range where I live, but maybe where you live they come in a greater
range. Where I live this method is limited to a few sizes.
The lead must be a slip fit inside the chennier, so it's usually
better to buy chennier than to make it.
I use a chennier cutter to get my hinge sections the same size. I
like to use five pieces of chennier as a minimum for a hinge.
Lets assume that you have found some lead and chennier to match,
before you slide that lead into the chennier, you must "cook" the
Cooking the lead is simply lighting the lead with a yellow flame,
the protective coating will catch fire and be burnt off. I find it's
important to do this otherwise this coating may stick to the inside
of your chennier. Also please make sure that you hold the lead with
fire tongs, and please don't touch the lead it will be hot even
though it doesn't look hot. Let it cool off.
Now for the fun bit, side the pieces of chennier onto the lead, and
break off what you don't need. Put your "hinge" where you want it to
go. Then simply solder the pieces of the hinge into place using
small pieces of solder. Push out the lead, and separate the hinge.
If you need to tidy up the hinge sections, just use more prepared
led to keep the chennier in alignment.
Once you're done, slide in your pin or a finer piece of chennier. If
you use chennier as a pin, you can set it as, I think it looks
interesting, or you can set stones if you want to.
Regards Charles A.