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#Throwback Thursday

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!

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