Originally Posted by Michalius
I had them done by Psychosleeve a few years ago. I swapped him PSUs + cables as I had no place for them
Yep! A heck of a great offer - again, I really appreciate, Michalius! They're beautiful, and they match wonderfully.
Also - huge shoutout to dropxo! While it didn't work out - as I'm about to share - he was super kind and reached out to me to offer me some silicone tube. We worked out some details, and he sent it all the way over here to the States from Australia! Very nice
Cross-posting this, by the way, just to give people a heads up. I was enthralled by acrylic - but there's just not enough exactness to the craft, yet. Obviously, lots of people are having success, and I'm super happy for them. But as a college-educated, decently smart fellow with luckily enough money to not have to cheap out on anything - I've run into more frustration at this point then it's worth. So, if you find yourself interested in acrylic - I say go for it - I know I would have, even hearing my own story I'm about to share. But just please be aware it can be a time consuming, costly, and very frustrating process...
Welp, ~$500 in, and I officially give up on an acrylic system
Hopefully I can maybe recoup some of my cost by reselling the fittings - but man, 14 Primochill fittings and two sets of tube, 14 e22 fittings and five acrylic tubes, lots of sandpaper, a hobby saw, a heat gun, a bending tool lots of shipping costs, and countless items to fit inside the tube; and we're looking at about half a grand wasted. Boy am I frustrated.
I got the 8mm red silicone cord from Australia yesterday, and I was THRILLED to finally get going. A bit too thick. So I olive oil it up... still too thick. So I run to the store today and buy some medium and fine grit sandpaper. I sand it down, then clean it up with the fine paper, then rinse, then dry, then try. Just a tiny, TINY bit each time... unfortunately, after 90 minutes, it still doesn't fit. I I try going back and forth between two sets of e22 tube, knowing there might be slight differences in ID. So I run to the store, and buy some coarse and extra coarse paper... another hour, and it still won't fit. So, out of pure curiosity, I grab a third e22 tube... and now my silicone is WAY too small. It basically falls in :-/ I expected a slight difference, but at this point, my frustration has boiled over. I'm tired of getting my hopes up. I've been patient, I've spent the money, and I've scoured the net for every piece of instruction I can find.
At this point, it's time to cut my losses. It sucks - a several thousand dollar build won't achieve my vision. But fun is slowly turning to anger. It's life - of course - it's the most 1st World White Person Problem I could ever have - of course. I recognize it's not a huge deal, and I'll get over it, certainly. But boy do I feel a bit defeated
The damage I did in my kitchen:
SO!! With all that said.... what's the absolute best tube to buy nowadays? I want no kinks - no issues whatsoever. I want simple and sexy. Recommendations?
Also - I guess I'll be getting the Monsoon fittings I originally wanted back in the day, lol.