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  1. So, I've been playing around with the rosin I made. I took 1/4 of it and made the same recipe I used before, only with rosin instead of resin, and it made a huge difference. Still too soft, but much better. I took half of the mixture and added more rosin and in the other half I added more brick dust. The one with more brick dust stayed the same, I just had more of it, while the one with more rosin got harder. With this information I went back to my first attempt and added the test samples and the rest of the rosin I had made, about a cup and a half more. It turned out really well. Betwee
  2. I have successfully made rosin. Its pretty dark, so its not a very high grade, but it is rosin.
  3. Paracletes, didn't he say "The interpretation of dreams is great art."? The pitch was much tighter this morning. Still soft, but homogenous and kept its shape at room temp, so thats progress. Im going to set this batch aside for now. Instead I gathered some more pitch, and found a easier and reusable way to strain the sap. A large can with holes punched in the bottom, set upon a heat lamp shade, which funnels into a mason jar. Slowly torch the outside of the can and let it drip. I went for the more solid sap, but got some soft stuff as well. Turns out that I got it hot enough to draw
  4. Ok, last night before bed I added another half cup of brick dust, because thats what I had left from before. It made it better, but there was still a goo slick on top after it sat overnight, and was soft enough to stir at room temp. I took it this evening and boiled it in the microwave. 30 second on 1 minute off until it stopped bubbling at 250f on my IR thermometer, about 45 minutes. Even with the extra brick dust it reduced down to 3 cups. I'll see if it helped after it cools overnight.
  5. Yes, that's the stuff. When I looked into it, rosin has a long and varied history as a tool. From one of the earliest tools used by man, as a glue, to making torches, being used to increase traction at sporting events, to being a lapping base for polishing telescope mirrors. It should also be available at any apothecary at your local ren fair. If they dont have it, then I'd be wary of frequenting such a disreputable establishment. Ah, there is the difference i wasn't seeing. Thank you for clarifying that for me. Too pliable is a good term to describe it, but it's more flowy tha
  6. None specified, though they use wax in its place in some recipes and that is hardened at room temp. It might have helped having the hardening in my recipe. With further reading and based on his (Russell Baron) description of what he was using I realized that while he says pine resin he meant pine Rosin, which is solid at room temperature. Resin turns to Rosin as it ages, but you can speed it up by boiling out the natural turpentine. I used resin that was still tacky at room temp and my pitch ended up way too soft. I tried a quick sample of aluminum. It had good support under the piece, bu
  7. This is a look at my journey into making my own repousse/chasers pitch. It started by me wanting to decorate the aluminum sail of the wind chime I made. Looking around on Iforgeiron and a couple quick searches I see that pine pitch is a main ingredient. I have pines aplenty so I go gathering and choose a old vague recipe from Theophilus' On Divers Arts to start the journey. "Grind a piece of brick or tile very small and melt some pitch in an earthenware dish and add a little wax. When these are both melted, mix in the powdered tile and stir it vigorously and pour it out into water. When i
  8. I got the pitch mixed. It's still hot and gooey so I'll check how it turned out after it cools. The little test "coupon" made was sticky, but wiped off my hands with just a rag, so thats promising
  9. I got as far as the one where Robert Jordan died and Brandon Sanderson finished. I think there were a couple after that, but I didn't read them. I do enjoy Sandersons work though. His Mistborn series was a good one, with a magic system based on consuming metals and a magic system based on wearing metals, and the rare few who can do both. Though it does show the heroes drink vials of lead pellets to lend them strength, so its another one to suspend belief to read.
  10. I have read them all too, and am in the same boat as you about him finishing, but I waited for the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, so I won't lose sleep if he doesn't. I also watched the show. Its entertaining, just don't expect it to be the same as the books. The first season was word for word the first book, but after that they slowly took their own direction. By the end it's not even the same story. In the show they have one line, where a character was reading an old book and says something to the effect of "the ancients used to call dragonglass obsidian", though in the bo
  11. A recent whopper would be in GoT where they riveted an obsidian axe to steel.
  12. Looks similar to the egg pods made by preying mantis' (manti, mantes?) In this area.
  13. Sure, if they fit in a single rate box from the post office. Otherwise I'll need to wait till I'm in your neck of the woods. I got the brick crushed and I managed to get the pine sap strained. It was harder than it sounds. I managed to ruin a sieve in doing so, luckily I bought one at a thrift store just for this purpose. I'll start a new thread for the mixing process.
  14. This is all ponderosa pine sap, 3 trees worth. I can go and check if the sugar pines and bull pines on the property are weeping too. When I read the water part of the instructions my mind instantly went to seeing mozzarella being made. Though with mozzarella you don't want to overknead or you'll get a rubber ball, which is what I think im supposed to be aiming for here. I don't belive that pitch and wax are water soluble, and vitrified clay is alot less soluble than its base form, so maybe the kneading works the water solubles out like working slag out of wrought-iron when you fold it.
  15. Saw some pitch dripping from one of the pines, so I started gathering for a batch of homemade repousse pitch. 20 minutes and I had a large salsa container full. I have an old brick I can crush and some beeswax. I think I'll try the recipe I copied from "on divers arts" Grind a piece of brick or tile very small and melt some pitch in an earthenware dish and add a little wax. When these are both melted, mix in the powdered tile and stir it vigorously and pour it out into water. When it begins to grow cold, dip both your hands into the water and knead it for a long time until you can stretch
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