TYPEWRITER TALK & OTHER FUNNY STUFF

 

How to get your bubble lights to bubble again!

So, your bubble lights aren't bubbling anymore?  Just remove them from the light socket and turn them upside down for a few minutes!  

So, your bubble lights aren't bubbling anymore?  Just remove them from the light socket and turn them upside down for a few minutes!  

 

How to make new typewriter feed rollers

 

If you've come across a typewriter and the paper won't' feed properly, most likely the feed rollers are worn out or have flat spots.  

When I started looking on how to fix this problem I found a few websites that suggested using heat shrink tubing (which would require multiple layers) or sending them out to J.J Short Associates  (http://www.jjshort.com/typewriter-platen-repair.php) which I believe, is the only company who is left that will restore platens and rollers.  

Being the impatient person I am, sending them out wasn't on the top of my list and while using shrink wrap would be an option, I felt there must be a better way.  This got me to thinking about using a polymer clay.  I have quite a bit of experience making millefiore beads with a product called Fimo and I thought I would give it a try.  It is easy to work with and is quite durable.  I have restored quite a few feed rollers with no problems or complaints as of yet.  I have not attempted to restore a platen.  Stay tuned, it's on my "to do" list.  Anyway here you go….

I prefer the Classic Fimo product as it seems to provide a more durable end result. You will have to spend some time softening it, but is worth it in the end.  

To soften, break off a chunk and warm it in your hands, knead it, stick it your bra, your pants, whatever you need to do to make it pliable.  This may take some time, so be patient.  Just don't put it in the microwave, you will have a crumbly mess.

Obviously you have removed the platen and taken the feed rollers out of your typewriter. Use a caliper to measure the diameter of the original feed rollers.  This is very important!  Don't miss this step.

Now remove the old rubber from the rollers. This should come off easily with an X-Acto blade or knife. 

A light sanding of the metal rods and wiping them clean will provide a nice start for the new material.

Now it's time for the Fimo covering.  Since it's been warmed and pliable (by whatever means you've used), you can now roll out the clay (like pie dough) to the desired thickness. This can be done by rolling it out with a rolling pin or a glass jar.  Just be sure the thickness is consistent and fairly smooth.  If you have a pasta machine, they work fabulous, just be sure to clean it well before making your next batch of fettuccine.  

Now you are ready to lay out the rollers and cut the fimo to size.  Once you have the proper size and thickness wrap it up like an enchilada.  All the food references…I must be hungry.

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Almost done!  Now trim the ends and smooth out the seam. Double check the diameter with your caliper to make sure the thickness is correct.  Now it is time to bake.  

Make sure you suspend the rollers while baking (do not place directly on baking sheet as this will cause a flat spot).  I have used rolled up aluminum foil in the past however, as you can see in the photo, I recently made permanent suspenders out of leftover clay. 

Fimo's baking directions:  Let it harden in the oven for a maximum of 30 minutes at a temperature of 230°F.  

I tend to bake only about 18-20 minutes or so, as the metal rods heat up and "cook" the clay from the inside.

So there you go.  You are all set.  Let them cool (lightly sand with a super fine grit sandpaper if needed) and put them back in your machine.  

Would love to hear any suggestions or comments!  Happy typing!


How to Unlock the Carriage on a Remington Typewriter

If you have a Remington portable No. 3 typewriter or another Remington model, you may have found that the carriage is locked or won't move.  Here is the secret to unlocking your Remington Portable No. 3 typewriter.  See photos below.

Pull leaver towards you and...

Pull leaver towards you and...

Pull out platen knob at the same time, and the carriage will unlock. 

Pull out platen knob at the same time, and the carriage will unlock. 


Flea Market Fun

Oh, the things you see at the flea market!  Nothing like warming a slice of pizza on your dashboard while you are out picking.  At least they are using clean energy……

  WAY to early in the morning to consider taking your hair out of your curlers!  No judgement here, you should see what I look like at 5:00 am!

 

WAY to early in the morning to consider taking your hair out of your curlers!  No judgement here, you should see what I look like at 5:00 am!

Pennsylvania railroad

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This american industrial die cut steel with enamel overlay sign was used in the early 1900's Pennsylvania railroad bridges as a warning for people to stay off or else!  


Glidden Pottery

1940's Glidden Artware Pottery Bowl

1940's Glidden Artware Pottery Bowl

Glidden Pottery is a unique stoneware bodied dinnerware and artware that was produced in Alfred, New York from 1940 to 1957. Production was enormous with 6,000 pieces manufactured each week in 1953. With millions of pieces of this durable pottery still in existence, collectors today vie for unique pieces at auction on Ebay. Collectors boast of having 500 or 600 pieces or even as many as 2,700 examples of Gliddenware in their private collections. It is legendary that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz owned a set of Gliddenware and examples can be spotted if one carefully watches early episodes of the I Love Lucy show.
Glidden Pottery was the American equivalent of the Chinese Song Dynasty (960-1279) people's ware known as Cizhou ware. The Chinese people's ware was a stoneware product made for the upwardly mobile merchant class. Its designs were comprised primarily of simple bowls, dishes, vases, cups, and bottles, all thrown and glazed; either in monochrome ivory or with hand-painted or incised decorations. Cizhou wares were some of the earliest signed Chinese ceramics. Glidden Pottery, produced in the United States nearly a millennium later, utilized modern production methods of slipcasting or ram pressing, but each of the more than 200 shapes were individually glazed and decorated. And most pieces were intentionally marked with a Glidden Pottery signature or backstamp which varied over the years. With 16-piece undecorated starter sets selling for $14.50, Gliddenware was affordable for many.

 

 

    There is something about Glidden pottery that has made me an instant collector wannabe.  It's not just the versatility of their pieces, they have a "feel" about them.  The texture of the glaze is irresistible to the touch whether it is a decorative piece or an ovenproof casserole dish.  Set of three covered casserole dishes are staying in my kitchen.  Mac and cheese here I come...


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