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« on: September 04, 2006, 08:21:56 am »
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    I found a couple 1850's Gold Rush artifacts recently.  I have found other little devices to hang things on like the one on the left and have then hanging around our home with items dangling from the little hooks.
     I love the old hand wrought nails and use them to hang item on walls.  You can hardly tell the difference from a Celtic nail from an early American hand made nail.  Some blacksmith person made each nail in much the same way I suppose.
     I cleaned each relic with a wire brush, and then painted each with black water color. Finally I coated each with candle wax by holding a piece over a candle until hot.  Then I got the wax from the candle onto the piece and carefully worked the item around the candle getting hot wax on.
     Some might not like this technique but I like it for small things.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2006, 08:23:40 am »
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006, 06:23:26 am »
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Great job...Smiley...nice finds, I  find alot of old artifacts like that, its really cool how the old timers made things with whatever they had and used and reused everything

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006, 01:11:33 pm »
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 Very nice job.

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Appreciate the pics

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A good looking Job, For sure....................HH

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2013, 01:09:55 pm »
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The "correct" way of preserving old iron / metal objects is to soak them in linseed oil, clean them gently and then burn them with an open flame and let them cool of in the same oil again.
It will create a black protective surface, this method was used before stainless steel was around.

But please beware, the rags used in the rubbing and cleaning will self ignite if exposed to heat, therefore burn them immediately or store in airtight plastic bags in metal containers.

Still quite common in blacksmith work in the nordic parts of Europe. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2013, 02:57:47 pm »
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Quote:Posted by Niobium
The "correct" way of preserving old iron / metal objects is to soak them in linseed oil, clean them gently and then burn them with an open flame and let them cool of in the same oil again.

Well thank you for the info, I normally just wax mine. 

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Posted on: April 22, 2013, 09:56:15 PM
Just one thin do you use raw or cooked linseed oil?

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