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1779 Cannon Bling
Rings for attachment of ropes & pulleys, nuts and bolts, wheel pins and ferules, all made of brass in my workshop. Note the square nuts. Since this is a scale model, the originals would have been 50 x 50mm(2″x2″).
The round bits are flat head bolts which secure the rear axles.
Making the rings. 2.4mm (3/32″) brass wire is annealed by heating red hot, then wound tightly around a 3mm bolt. The resulting helix is slit to form individual rings.
The rings are flattened and adjusted using heavy pliers, then silver soldered to the threaded rods. The hole in the smallest ring is only 3mm diameter.
I intend to allow the brass to tarnish and darken. The bright new brass is, I think, a bit glitzy.