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Tattoo machine frame parts by patchwork-steve Tattoo machine frame parts by patchwork-steve
These are the parts of a tattoo frame I hand built in my garage from scrap galvanized steel. This is my first and last tattoo machine I will build without proper power tools. I had to draw my designs on the steel then hand saw or jig saw the peices out. After the basic parts of the frame were cut I had to hand sand the galvanization off and hand sand the part to as close to square as possible. Then I had to take my Drimel and to the touch up work. Then came the hard part of drilling and tapping the holes so that each piece would fit in the right angles so when the machine had all its parts it would run properly.

The main face of the machine frame is similar to a frame that Pulse International builds (they CNC their frames out of a solid piece of brass or steel, not hand cutting and bolting three separate parts). I really liked their frame but I could not spend $400 on it, besides I wanted to build frame.

This is really my first attempt at working with metal outside of jewelry making, so I think my jewelry making skills helped out. What also helped motivate me was at the time I was watching The Biker Build-offs, American Chopper, and Jessie James on Discovery, and the beauty of everyday mechanical things. Just stop and look, there is art in everything!!!!!

steve-o
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Jimbojim2009 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can i buy it?Here my e-mail (blasphemeux2009@live.ca).Thank's and have a nice day!
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Sorry, I use this! It is the only liner I have at the moment.
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black69razor Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
very nice
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pumpfriction Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And you shallow ink users think that you are engineers?
Tattoo is my hobby... I do not need to be a professional, but that don't make me a bad one!
From my side, designing machine parts is a HOBBY for you! Because I am an engineer!
And it is my proficiency!
Now it's time to show respect to my title!
You can ink better than me but can't design machien parts!
Is it fair enuf?
A tattooer can build a machine but an engineer can't?
Go get some ideas dude!
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Thanks Brother! Been awhile since I have heard from you. I have been in and out of the tattoo industry for over 16 years and in the Dallas area where most tattooers think they are gods, so I could give a fuck what these two guys above you say. The Geometry is fine, it is the aftermarket binder I used, so what, it hits better than most machines I have used, and for falling apart, it is still together and running great!!!!! If I am doing the "wrong way" then what is the "right way"? I know many so called tattooers who can not even tune their own machines, so do you think they can even build one? I know one tattooer who can't draw worth a damn, but can lay down some awesome tattoos. So some of these guy need to quit being so arrogant and calling names, if you got a problem, come to someone privately so you don't look like an ass yourself.
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pumpfriction Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
China produces zillions of cheap tattoo machines, but these two are talkin about the 'idea' they are trying to spread... Not giving a f.ck! We all have the same motto; show respect, get respect!
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Fiddlebuttons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
I'm with dirty. This is BAD BAD BAD. You are completely mocking everything i (and thousands of other legit tattooers) had to do to get into the industry the right way. This isnt a fucking hobby, dude. Its GOTTA be done the right way. Your "machine" WILL fall the fuck apart after months of use. IT WILL NOT PERFORM CORRECTLY
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Go see the comment I left after ~pumpfriction
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Dirtyirons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
All you guys suckin this guy off telling him how good he is, what a load of shit. I've been in tattooing for 31 years and building machines since the late 80's. This asshat knows nothing. Geometry is all off, production coils, after market parts and did i mention the geometry, why, yes i did. Springs are all cockeyed and armature bar is crooked. Sure it's his first build, but know what the fuck you're doing and have some tattoo background jewelry maker before you try to bastardize my business....asshat
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cleh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
dirtyirons i have a few questions about tattoo machines im not one of these little ass holes trying to talk shit i have real questions please email me
The_shocker101@yahoo.com
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Go see the comment I left after ~pumpfriction
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tattoosbynazareth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Sweet work, dude :)
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Thanks, have you see the finished product? Here is the link to the Gallery folder [link] !
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wncmy1eydmnstr Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
very nice work...do you have any blueprints or schematics with exact measurements on how to build a tattoo machine...i would really appreciate it if you could share some...thanks
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surfridr542 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
I like this. i have a question tho could you possibly teel me the demetions of this machine im looking to build my own but i cant seem to find the measurments i tried taking measurements off my machines but i cant really get an accurate set on each piece.
you seem to have the pieces apart and that would help me a ton thanks
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Nog-Star Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
hey wus sup steve, thats awsome job dude i want to start building machines but that style is cool cuz you can add accessoris to the machine.im a tattoo artis in costa rica. i want to learn to make machines im only 23 and i want to keep building my business here and for sure that will sell out here.
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
You can build one if you got the right tools. Sometimes it is easier to just buy a good machine. Sure you can get cheap machines on ebay but when I mean cheap I mean $ and quality. If you want a nice built machine, go check out this guy [link] :icon44anarchy44: !!!!!
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NoOoneSoul Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
open up an old wind up clock (non-electric) take out the drive spring and cut to desired lengeth for liner or shader spring for your machine.
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larcilla Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
I seen your metal works and I'm impressed. I've been wanting to try this media for some time but now seeing your work I definitely want to try it.
Where do you get most of your metals from? and if you weld what metals can be fused together?

I have dozens of questions to ask.
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Thank you!

Most of the metal I find from work as scrap. I do not weld so I have no idea what metals will fuse to what metals. I used good old steel for this frame and then gave it a special acid finish to make it black.

Keep the questions coming, I will answer what I can.

steve-o :ahoy:
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pumpfriction Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You two are great guys!
I'm a mechanical engineer, and there is nothing worthful for me to see guys like you!!!
I am tattooing as a hobby on myself, and this make me very very eager to make my own machine...
I am going to go to design my own machine tomorrow!

Cong. both!
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Dirtyirons Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
tattooing on yourself as a hobby, dork, you cant do this as a hobby. The art of tattooing deserves respect and obviously you don't get it. So after hobbying on yourself you think you're ready to build machines...BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Did you send this to some one else too? If not I am just one person, Patchwork is a name I picked up on the streets of Dallas in the early 90's by some of my punk rock frinds and steve (Stephen) is my real name.

Thank you for the comment! I am kind of a jack-of-lots-of-arts, LOL. I am planning on making another machine for shading, but I hate cutting the machine base, so next time I may order one. Can't wait to see some of your art, I noticed you have not placed any yet.

I like Lobo too, he was my favorite!

steve-o :shamrock:
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pumpfriction Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Sorry, what a lamer I am :)
the other guy is the ketology who wrote on the same page :)
I'll post some soon!

Love and respect!
pumpfriction
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ketology Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
dude try makin the whole machine (with coils n a-bar n springs) its fun!!
i bet a master like you can make much better irons than pulse!!
you rock
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
No way, it was a whip to do the base of the machine out of a solid piece of steel with limited tools. One of my tattooers makes his own coils for the machines he makes, maybe some day. Thanks for the complement, I love the machine, it has a great electromagnetic pull. I may not be the best tattooer since I only do it as a hobby, but even having limited tools to build with I did enjoy seeing the finished product and hearing it purr!

Your work is awesome, added some to my favorites too. Wish you were in the Dallas metroplex! Tying to get my sleeves finished out, hard to do with kids and bills, maybe one day.

I will keep an eye out for new work. I have some more jewelry and even some simple chain maille to post when I get a chance so keep an eye out.

steve-o
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ketology Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
seriously i wish i wud have been in dallas
here in our country we have no tattoo artist
i have been learning tattooing from past 5 yrs without ne apprenticeship
i don have any one to guide me n not even enough supplies
even i made a machine outa scratch posted its pic have a look n please dont laugh!! lolzz
i actually shaped the Teflon with sandpaper
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patchwork-steve Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Nice, I bet it sure is lite. I have wanted to make a frameless, maybe I will, what did you use for your springs? Nice tattoo work for no apperenticeship!

steve-o
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ketology Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
for the springs i used a thin metal plate which is used for applying limestone paste to the walls,it is almost the same size of a 22gauge spring steel ,actually i cudnt find spring steel anywhere
but maybe you will get strips of spring steel.
i cut my springs with moulds which my friend made and gave me
but it can also be cut by a spring cutting device which looks somewhat like scissors
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ketology Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
its too awesome!!
perfect SEPTA
dragged into my fav!!
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