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Wally Dryden
Works at RadioShack Corporation
Attended Texas A&M University
Lives in North Richland Hills, Texas, USA
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Go PACK!

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More Brass Etching...
Made a batch of copper chloride this weekend to continue my quest for a reliable brass etching process. My main issue now is variation in the brass metal composition and etching depth. Still having a fun time with it all.

Instead of doing random test patterns on the first copper chloride runs, I decided to create something for a coworker whose cubicle is decorated in cardboard as a castle.

#brass #etch #copper #chloride
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Etching Brass: First Run
Paid a sign shop to make a vinyl logo for me to place on a brass plate to act as a mask for galvanic etching away of the exposed brass. There is only about 0.5mm bite into the plate on this one. Will have to be more patient next time and run the etch for a longer time...

#electrolytic  #brass #etching
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Pierce's Pitt BBQ
Decided I will smoke a pork shoulder next weekend, along with briskette and ribs. So I had to order a hat from the pitt that makes my favorite pulled-pork bbq with slaw ("Super Doc" sandwhich), Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, VA, USA. Maybe the hat will inspire me to create a close approximation of that awesome BBQ... 

#bbq #pulledpork
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Incognito at O'Sheas Pub and Grill, Hurst TX. Fun times and music!
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BBQing before weather gets sloppy tonight/tomorrow...

#bbq #mesquite
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Wishing everyone a happy New Year!

It's smoked BBQ for my New Years Eve activities. Few racks of dry rub ribs (to be finished in brown sugar and honey), and a mess of kilbasa sausage links! 
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Thanksgiving Feast
The non-traditional Thanksgiving meal is just a couple hours from being ready. And, yes, that is indeed smoked spam over there in the corner... :)

Remember: gobble til ya wobble!
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More Brass Etching
Finally figuring out how to game laser toner on brass for electrolytic etching. The latest three attempts still have issues with undercutting and weak toner adhesion. Going to tackle that with a hot laminator that will put some decent heat and solid pressure on the toner. Finding lots of good pointers on PCB and jewelry sites.

#electrolytic   #etching  #brass
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So far, I've been using a copper sulfate pentahydrate solution and bench power power supply in the 12-14V/4-6A range to get a deep bite in the electrolytic etch. I'll have to try the ferric chloride and see how it fares.
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Bench Power!
No more crufty gel cells or lead-acid battery non-sense for me. Now have a reliable 0-30V/0-30A power supply...let the bulk brass etching begin!

#electrolytic #etching #brass
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Electrolytic etching of brass. Initially doing some small doo-dads (paperweights, street number sign for house, etc). Eventually want to do some artwork etched in brass. Fun stuff!

Doing first run tomorrow morning of a logo and will post the result (even if it's an abject failure).
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The Dove have sprouted in the hanging baskets out back! Had me worried with that last freeze Tuesday morning.
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Love it! Years ago I had doves sprout in my bird feeder hanging on my apartment balcony.
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Spent the afternoon doing rehab on a smoker a buddy gave to me. Light rust is nothing for a wheel brush, couple hits of naval jelly then some high temp Rustoleum paint!

Will give it a trial run next weekend after I oil and season the interior.

#bbq #smoker
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Occupation
Software Engineer. Currently herding a Biztalk environment.
Employment
  • RadioShack Corporation
    Technical Consultant, 1989 - present
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Currently
North Richland Hills, Texas, USA
Previously
Robstown, Texas, USA - Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas, USA - Langely AFB, YorkTown, Virginia, USA - Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah, USA - Boston, Massachusettes, USA - Howard AFB, Panama - Houston, Texas, USA - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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Tagline
"Be Young, Be Wild, Be Happy."
Introduction
Warren (AKA Wally) Dryden. Texas boy who grew-up as a military brat all over the place. Have resided in the D/FW Texas area for the last 22 years working for RadioShack Corporation as a code wrangler. (C, C#, *nix, Windows, etc).
Education
  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Science, 1989
  • College of William and Mary
    Undeclared, 1983 - 1985
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