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Bryan F Douglas




Location: Ozark Medieval Fortress,Lead Hill, AR
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Sep, 2010 8:24 pm    Post subject: black armor         Reply with quote

I am trying to find ways to blacken armor medievally.

I have heard that you eche armor with vinegar, then sit it in a pile of burning horse dung.

I have tried this, and I am very happy with the way it turned out, but I have no idea were this comes from or when or even if it was used.



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JE Sarge
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Sep, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks really great, but as for using horse manure, that just seems like a crappy way to do it...

*Sorry, I could not resist!* Laughing Out Loud

I prefer just using heat blue or sometimes, even chemical cold blue, then even out the finish with a fine steel wool. I repeat until I am satisfied with the results. However, my method gives a more even finish, where as the varied heat temps in your method leave some interesting hues of purple, bronze, and red in areas. It gives it good character, that Windlass helmet looks pretty good like that, better than the original at any rate.

Anyway, I like the way it turned out! Happy

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Bryan F Douglas




Location: Ozark Medieval Fortress,Lead Hill, AR
Joined: 14 Aug 2010

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep, 2010 1:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

JE Sarge wrote:
I prefer just using heat blue or sometimes, even chemical cold blue, then even out the finish with a fine steel wool. I repeat until I am satisfied with the results. However, my method gives a more even finish, where as the varied heat temps in your method leave some interesting hues of purple, bronze, and red in areas. It gives it good character, that Windlass helmet looks pretty good like that, better than the original at any rate.

Anyway, I like the way it turned out! Happy


Do you have any medieval sources?
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Allan Senefelder
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Location: Upstate NY
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep, 2010 4:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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Do you have any medieval sources?


Heat blueing is a pretty common and old technique, for armour and on occasion sword hilt funiture. It is however blue, often a deep rich blue black but not black..
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