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Catching up on a Saturday

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Working today, closing MJOLNIR Pulse violet wand boxes!  That doesn't sound as if it would be time-consuming, but Im doing about one every 20-30 minutes since there are multiple steps and tweaking, including some last minute drilling of the enclosures so that everything is seated properly.  But this means they are less than 2 weeks away from completion.

End of Week

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This is what the workbench looked like last Friday.  See if you can find:

 

  • Pile of Pulse Box lids
  • Three pairs of scissors
  • Can of crap
  • Box of screws
  • folding pocket knife
  • ruler
  • not a pee bottle
  • capacitor material
  • magnifying glass
  • CO2
  • soldering iron
  • Basket of wands
  • pencil
  • my screwdriver (all MY tools are pink to keep the guys from making off with them)

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Workbench hidden pictures Basket of Wands to Repair Soldering Iron Pile of Pulse Box Lids Not a Pee Bottle Can of Crap Box of screws scissors 2 scissors 3 CO2 pencil pencil pencil plastic detritus from drilling Pulse box lids ruler makeup bag to hold MY drill bits magnifying glass cookie tin dremel bits nylon spacers capacitor material tech's notebooks Dray's seat Tech's seat My Seat Bolt cutters Skull and Bones 'KEEP OUT' on my drawer of pink tools The boundary line drawn between Tech's area and my area another press >

 

We're finishing up the current run of Pulse Boxes - all the components are installed (circuit board, potentiometer, high voltage coil assembly, electrical cord, heat sink) and testing is finished.

 

 

Now we just to make final adjustments for the optimum setting, close up the boxes, attach the knobs, run a last test for performance.

Affix labeling, build into the aluminum cases, add cables and handles, and the manual and client paperwork.

Then dispatch, label and ship.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 00:22

#Throwback Thursday

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The third week of March, the current round of Pulse box violet wands were sent off to their forever homes.

Here they are lined up on the fulfillment tables ready for final packaging and shipping.  It's always a bit of nervousness sending our babies out into the world!  But everyone LOVES them.  I may get to do more over the summer.   Everyone who pre-ordered a Pulse now has one, and the next run will ALL be put on the Mjolnir website.  I may be able to do another build this summer, and Im thinking of changing the component box a little.

 

 

So--- now I'm going to roll into a making a run of Pulse Primes!  Which are made pretty much the same way but with a higher voltage transformer.

My husband and I make these.  Nobody makes them for us.  WE do.  These are our box wands.  We also blow our own glass electrodes.  Nobody else.

Since its Throwback Thursday, I was doing a little reminiscing with a friend and fellow antique violet ray refurbisher who is working on a Renulife Model M.  (Hi T!)

Renulife Model M AS FOUND condition

 

This is a Renulife Model M in 'as found' condition nearly 80 years after it was made.  It's moldy, dusty, the leather has rotted away, the metal is corroded on the outside.  IF THIS IS THE CONDITION ON THE OUTSIDE, THIS IS ALSO THE CONDITION ON THE INSIDE.  This is our 'before' picture.

I started learning how to build violet wands by tearing apart the old ones and re-wiring them under Dray's direction.  Dralion was already an expert in this area of electrical antiques when we got together, so he's the real genius behind the rebuilding and building and engineering.  There's not a dead violet ray that he has met that he can't resuscitate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rebuilt violet ray

 

 

 

Soo..ready for the first AFTER picture?  That is the same machine after we spent a few weeks on it.  It's time consuming and detailed work, from recovering the fabric to refinishing the wood to rewiring the internal coils, to replacing all the cords.

This was our first love and how we got into the business.  I miss doing this.  We still have like 200 old kits in a storeroom and they really should be taken care of...they will never be made this way again.

 

hm hm hm we COULD build a mahogany component box for a Pulse.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here she is completely finished and posing for photos before she was sold.  It's been 12 years since we rebuilt this baby, and we are still in contact with the gentleman who owns it.  (Hi J_M!)

Because we warranteed our work even way back then.  This beautiful antique will live for another 80 years thanks to our careful attention.

And so will our modern violet wands.

Now I want to dig in the storeroom and find the big Renulifes.  I hate that they're just sitting there.  Maybe when we retire some day, we'll have time to go back to our first love!

Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 01:22

Women's History Month

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I try not to work weekends because you can't work all the time, but sometimes you just need to catch up.  Since we had so many winter storm closings in February, I wasn't quite where I had planned to be with some Mjolnir production, but the last few Saturdays I've gone in to work on Mjolnir and make up for our 'snow days'.

It's quiet, no one else is here but me, and I just completed testing on a small production run of Pulse Wands and am ready to work on the peripheral gear that goes with the Pulse Boxes.  So I thought I'd take a minute and say hello.  I was thinking while I was working, that I am undecided of the value of events like Women's History Month, as I think they may segregate as much as they help call attention to womens' accomplishments.  I sincerely doubt the strength of an event like this is in the accomplishments, though, as it seems to place more emphasis on the sex of the person doing the accomplishment.  True accomplishments are not measured in terms of sex or gender, and neither sex nor gender have anything to do with making history, writing great novels, composing great music, cooking wonderful things to eat, raising fine children, becoming philanthropists or philosophers, architects or engineers.  So when I see 'Here are women who have done great things," or 'Here are men who have done great things,' I think I would be happier for the human race if I was not seeing the most pointed attention called to the accident of birth instead of the great things that were done.  The discoveries, the inventions, the milestones and the breakthroughs are what should be the subject of the celebration, in my opinion.

 

pulse boxes built, working on peripherals

I would hope people don't look at my accomplishments and see the sex.  I hope they would say 'Hey, someone built this amazing Pulse Violet Wand,' instead of 'Hey, some woman built this amazing Pulse violet wand."

 

In this photo, Pulse Wands complete and tested, and installed into their cases.  Waiting for peripherals, the LOKI cable  / Hel handle combination.

 

I am sorry everyone, this run of Pulse Wands was all pre-ordered so they are all spoken for.  These clients who pre-ordered them have been waiting a good while.  It's the last set that were pre-purchased so the next time we make Pulse Wands they will be put on the website for purchase.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:24

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