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Sumac for dying steel


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Hi everybody.

Just wondering if anyone has ever used the Sumac plant for dying steel?

I used to dye my traps in this (Boiling water & Sumac berries)...It will dye rusty steel to a black color.

The rustier the steel the better the dye job. (This holds up great one a good deep color is achieved)

Thinking of trying this on some forged pieces here in the very near future.

Just wondering what you all think or if anyone has tried this?



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Yes it woule be like trap dye or walnut hulls leaving a black oxide finsih.

I will be doing this in the future and ill post back to this thread to show the results.

I personally like the finish. It just takes a bit of time to complete it.



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