Recommend an antique/alternative finishes book?

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03-22-2011 02:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: antiqueing finishes alternative

I’m researching books on antique/alternative finishes. I’m not looking for a craft-oriented faux finish book that is based on decorative approaches. I realize that the same techniques may be used decoratively and seriously but I’m looking for a serious and realistic treatment of antique and alternative finishes. Many thanks.

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 04:00 AM

I have tried staining wood with ammonia fumes with just a trace of effect. I am not sure I was doing it right. Some research, on the internet, may help. Shellac is a very old finish that works well.

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 06:49 AM

I don’t know how far back you are looking, but here: are books on finishing and decorating medieval and Renaissance wood; you could also look at Theophilus’ book (it’s 11th century and not exhaustive but it does have some information.

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