|Forum topic by Francis Coppage||posted 03-23-2011 01:34 AM||818 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
03-23-2011 01:34 AM
I’m looking at a 9 year old article in FWW (SEP/OCT 2002) by David Salisbury, a Colonial Williamsburg cabinetmaker, about “A Versatile 18th-century stain.” I have an early 1700’s ‘Corner Chair’ that a friend has asked me to restore (It was her great-grandmothers.) The article gives a couple Recipes for Red or Black. The recipes call for brazilwood extract for the stain and alum or copperas for the mordant. What I want is more of a “Dirty Red.”
Ok … you knew I’d get around ‘TUIT’.
So … Do I weaken the black (copperas) mordant or should I mix … say … an 90/10 mixture of alum/copperas.
Or … Is this a NO-NO … mixing mordants … as in an IED!
The actual color I’m looking for is a wee bit darker than his ‘finished’ example … Maybe even some sploches. G
Francis Coppage – Edwardsville, IL
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