|Review by mafe||posted 08-25-2011 01:42 PM||5023 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
Black iron oxide
for the chalk line
A friend told me about the use of black iron oxide for the chalk line, this has been used as pigment all the way back to my ancestors the Vikings.
It is a water resistant and inexpensive product of nature.
So I bought a Stanley chalk line roll and filled it up with this black iron oxide, and tested it on a piece of work that are Japanese inspired, this because they usually use the ink line, but I find that a bit messy.
SO what happened?
The line stood clear, but the work piece and the workspace yes even the floor was now powdered with a thin layer of this… If it was chalk it was not a problem, but since this iron oxide is black and sticks as soon as you touch it, and the water resistant on top, I think it is easy to imagine my joy of this new wonder…
As you can see on the photos black stuff all over, washed my hands three times before it was all of, and the worktable will need to be sanded down now…
So what is the review?
As a substitute for a chalk line indoor – do not use it!
As a substitute for the ink line – not comparable.
As a pigment for making colors – excellent.
As a marking tool for building a Viking ship or house that will be painted black after it might be the right choice if you have plenty of water to wash your hands after.
So to others that want to experiment in really old ways, be prepared for a mess…
And yes you are really welcome to laugh at me! lol.
Hope it can keep others from doing the same mistake,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.