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Wrought Iron Damascus

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I did up some key chain fobs for my sister and one of my friends for their birthdays. I remember being told in my blacksmithing class that wrought iron would etch black in a damascus pattern. Well after a few hours of work both Friday and Saturday here are a few pics of the fobs, made using wrought iron and L6. As you can see the wrought iron didn't etch black but silver, I was a little disappointed, but still looks pretty neat. Both the girls loved them especially the wood grain appearance of the wrought iron.

What type of steel would give me a black or dark gray when etched, this is for some decorative pieces like the below, so the carbon content doesn't matter to me? I want the couple I am making for Christmas to really stand out. Again thanx for the help and comments everybody.





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