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need some advise on differnet ways to color iron

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I recently started making some "accent bowls"(mild steel) and want to put the gilders paste on some of them, but I got to thinking about the possibility of someone using them for candy bowls and did'nt know if it would be safe. I e-mailed the gilders paste company and asked them and they said the gilders paste is not FDA approved, but if I sealed it with an FDA approved clear sealant, it would be ok. I have not been able to find an FDA approved sealer. Does anyone know of anything? I like beeswax, but I live in South Texas and do outdoor shows, so that is not an option.
Thanks, Bob



peanut oil or any type of vegetable oil apply it at a black heat, too hot it will burn off, too cold and it will not stick, also it works best to leave the scale on don't wire brush before you apply

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The blacksmith at Haverhill, Iowa, USA, who died in 1930 used roof tar

I wave seen formulas that called for powdered graphite to be added to the finish either was, oil or varnish. Here powdered graphite is bought by the quart used as lubracant when planting corn.

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Hi everyone,
Does anybody know how good is a brass patina finish in regard to rust protection? (brushing steel with brass brush at black heat)

Is it in the same region as beeswax?

I've made this keychain for my wife, but i'm not sure how it's going to hold up rust wise.

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I should think that if you got it warm and gave it some bees wax, blo or a mix you should be fine. It will probably be in a pocket or purse and out of the elements. I don't think just the brushed- on brass would suffice.

Steve

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Find a forgeable brass/bronze/copper alloy and forge one from that, then it just wears *nicer*!

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