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Chris Last




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PostPosted: Tue 21 Nov, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No problem Tim. I've had mixed results with gun bluing and browning techniques in the past and really wanted something easier and not involving chemicals that were way out of period. So a couple members of my group sat down bored at a small two weekend ren faire and during one of the many breaks during the day (I think there were a total of 25 patrons the entire weekend - no I'm serious) We figured lets experiment. The result of that first experiment was the buckler above. A buddy of mine did his lobster tail that weekend too, but we ran out of stuff to play with until bigger events later on.

The next experiments will probably be in the spring/summer and I'd like to try getting some of the other colors as Nathan and Craig mentioned earlier in the thread. I'd love to get a helmet with that plum/reddish color!

I've heard that you can also heat the metal up to temp using an oven, but I know my wife wouldn't let me as the smell of the cooking linseed oil is an acquired taste. Eek!

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Tim Harris
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Nov, 2006 6:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chris Last wrote:
I've heard that you can also heat the metal up to temp using an oven, but I know my wife wouldn't let me as the smell of the cooking linseed oil is an acquired taste. Eek!


Indeed you can. Results and times vary according to metal thickness, but I've managed a nice deep blue on hilts just by winding my ordinary electric kitchen oven up to max and leaving the pieces in until they hit the right colour. Much more manageable than an open flame, but probably better for unoiled metal. The aroma of burning linoleum isn't for everyone.

I've also blued a half-armour (in pieces - the breasplate just fitted in) this way. It's not period of course, but a good dose of commercial wax polish while the surface is still warm seals it and deepens the effect a bit.
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M. Sommer




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PostPosted: Fri 08 Dec, 2006 4:28 pm    Post subject: pictures?         Reply with quote

Hello, Ive been looking for 15thC pictures of black armour for some time now, and Ive found many, but Im not sure if its really black armour or just the way the armours are painted by the artist, because often the weapons are black too in those pictures.
So Im really looking for 15thC pictures where theres both black and shiny armour. I hope that somone can help me!
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