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Posted on Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:43 am
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One of the coloring articles says that you can turn Glavy dark grey using Hydrogen Peroxide. anyone try this yet? Is this accurate and how dark? and if it works, what would be the best way to color a large amount of rings and for how long to get desirable results?

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Posted on Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:20 am
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search the boards, there must be hundreds of posts like this by now.



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Posted on Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:31 am
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Skip wrote:
search the boards, there must be hundreds of posts like this by now.


doh... i should've done that first, go me :|

anyway, i did find ones that mention using lemon juice. will try that i guess.

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Posted on Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:49 pm
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I've tried Lemon Juice, Peroxide, and a combination of both.

The 50/50 mix gives the best reaction. When it's all said and done you can get it a semi-dark grey that looks alright. If you leave it in longer than 30 minutes the liquid becomes black and will actually start to boil. The maille at that points looks really black but it's all spotted and in different areas. IMO, it doesn't look good at all but I've showed my friends and a couple liked the rustic look.

Give it a try to see how you like it, but make sure you use a test piece first.


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Posted on Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:27 pm
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I've found that saltwater is effective. It needs ventilation (not sure if that's the right word) though. Managed to turn some of my rings into a nice glossy dark grey.


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Posted on Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:35 pm
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I still like the 50/50 mix of H2O2 and lemon juice. I've never gotten black, but dark grey is good enough for me. If you put a tiny amount of veggie oil on the rings once they're dried, they get really dark grey.

If you use this method, just know that the more rings you darken at once, the faster the reaction takes place. If you're filling a large jar to the brim, it'll take about 30 seconds to a minute to get good results. Be sure to keep a close eye on it.

Also, freshness plays a role. You want to use the liquids fresh from the store. If you open them, let them sit, then try to color rings, the reaction doesn't occur nearly as well.

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Posted on Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:26 am
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I'm still experimenting my technique to blacken rings using salt water, and thus far they seem to be good. I have yet to perfect it and make it a viable alternative. Some of the rings corroded too quickly and developed white flakes. The others however, blackened rather nicely. Here's an example of one of the better rings:




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Posted on Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:32 am
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O.o' I hope they're not the closures you use on your actual works.

wanna try my copper galvy and take photos BMR?



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Posted on Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:43 pm
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Nope, was just too lazy to close them =p

Copper galvy?


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Posted on Thu Aug 24, 2006 3:55 am
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BMR:
http://www.mailleartisans.org/board/viewtopic.php?t=7760



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Posted on Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:35 am
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I'll give it a shot. Any ideas where I should go about looking for copper sulphate though?


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I'll have pics up soon as I pull it off.


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awesome, thanks.



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i was messing around for about an hour with some chemicals,
i used a mixture of random amounts of lime juice,salt,hydrogen peroxide, de greaser, brasso,turps,amonium solution, aluminium de-oxidizer

some of the galvy worked better than others and some came out a dark brown colour but that rubbed of and they were a dull grey underneith
other gavly however, came out a glossy jet black, with a little bit of rub off that made your fingers black. as i let the black stuff dry it formed a white powder on it but this rubbed of easily.
the solution also cleaned up dark copper and made it light but it also gave the surface a realy dirty look.

many of the ingeadients in the mixture probably did nothing at all.
pictures soon.

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