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Texturing a small Fredericks Cross

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Ever consider adding a wood grain texture? Texturing is an easy process with a little shop made tooling. I force different rust finishes/colors with various acid solutions, then neutralize and seal with paste wax or spray clear enamel. This 1 was made from 1/2" sq, but I have finished all my sizes with similar techniques. (The Praying Mantis just decided to model for the picture as I was grabbing the camera. Who am I to argue with it!)

Have fun and BE safe!


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take an old hammer, and a grinder, and cut grooves into the face of the old hammer, do it randomly, and it will give you much the same look, I use cross peens, power hammer tools, cut up hammers, old hoof rasps, anything to see what looks good. Even tried some all thread, it worked ok as well.

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