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George C. Keller

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  1. Here are a few more pictures before and then a little more than 1/2 way into the process. As you can see, the peices really darkened up quite nicely using the Cold Bluing. I don't know yet if the patina that formed will have enough 'wear resistance' yet. That I will comment more on as time progresses.
  2. Update to all - Reactive Metals contacted me and the are indeed still in business. So I can indeed purchase the 'original' Rokusho / Cupric Sulfate raw materials. That being said, I did end up bluing 1/2 of peices last night with Gun Blue. I will finish the other half hopefully this evening and then show the before and after.
  3. Appreciate all of your comments and suggestions. I HAPPENED to have Birchwood Casey Super Blue in the house and performed a sample test with my 'rook'. [ GOOD IDEA TOM, didn't know that worked on Copper! ] I was at first not very pleased with the results - but then leared a lesson about cleanliness and it being next to godliness... After some patience with about 50 Q-tips, some denatured alcohol and the cold blue - I had the back row (non pawns) looking pretty cold and pretty BLUED I will post a picture of the results w/ the Birchwood Casey. I TRY to do things the OLD way whe
  4. Jerrod, thanks for the links. I will check that out. I think the recipes that I have seen mostly call for a 1:1 combination of Rokusho and Cupric Sulfate. So I may not venture to use one with out the other. Your feedback is MUCH appreciated tho - and if I can only find rokusho now and go to my local Lowes I may be good. Jesus, What about the vinegar and SALT makes this patina? Would you also boil it? I ask because I remember as I child I learned on Bill Nye the Science Guy you could clean pennies using Salt and Vinegar. Then you would use baking soda to stop reaction. I recently us
  5. Friends, Having trouble with sourcing a small amount of Rokusho and Cupric Sulfate. ReactiveMetalStudios (cited as 'the palce to go') is not answering phone calls or emails. They also have an outdated message on their answering machine from Christmas. Does anyone know where I can get the means to patina some shibuichi? I think I am going to do a posing of a WIP of mine. First time casting ... first time experimenting with alloys. I have been a lurker here for quite a while. You guys are very helpful. I am doing a 'mini anvil' chess set. White peices are 75% silver 25
  6. Mark / Sveinn, I am gearing up for my first smelt this summer. I have found some local NY State Magnetite Ore and what I would like to know is, what would be the difference in running a Sauder-type bloomery furnace with straight magnetite? No roasting of the ore correct? Should I be adding something that would turn into slag to protect the bloom? Also, will any 'hardwood charcoal' do? What CFM should I be blowing into my stack? Sorry for the string of questions - said my post was too short, and I am FULL of questions. Thanks!
  7. Hey guys, Thanks for all the replies. 1. I got my magnetite ore in Rockland County NY. If you know where to look there is magnetite in some state forests just laying about. 2. I am very interested in doing 1-3 smelts using the most economical means possible before I dump serious money into copper pipe. Q. What are the pros and cons of using steel/iron pipe as opposed to this kiln tubing? 3. My magnetite ... shown below - Is there any roasting that I should do before smelting? It is very magnetic throughout. Also, will it have enough 'natural flux' to form a bloom properly? Tough
  8. Hello all. Reading much of this forum and watching all the videos I could find - I have gotten the bug. My first load of local (NY) Magnetite ore has been secured, and I am working of sourcing some Clay and Charcoal (following Lee Sauder's bloomery smelting basics). Now I am looking for a suitable blower and TUYERE. Using Copper as a highly conductive tuyere (so conductive that the tip doesn't burn off when experiencing welding temperatures) was GENIUS and provides a good idea on how the ancients probably did it as well. I am looking for copper to make such a Tuyere. I would
  9. Mike, Killer Job. Questions! HOW did you aquire that pattern on the knives. It resembles a multi-layered twist pattern that was folded and forged several times. Am I correct in this?
  10. Any updates on the blade forged from this peice? Nice work!!~
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