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Richard R #598092 06/11/21 11:30 PM
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Thank you for clarifying this. I really appreciate it. Along the way I may come back to this.😂
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Does it possibly help to rust and card multiple times, and then doing the first boiling? Thank you.
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I think you will be fine doing that. My only experience with it was when my former employee was browning a set of barrels and inadvertently boiled them while finishing some rust blued barrels. He was quite far along in the browning process and all the work was converted to black. Try it and let us know but I think it should work out for you.


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If you sort it out and keep doing them in the future, I’ve found that ferric chloride will settle towards the bottom after a few months of inactivity, and the the distilled water you mix it with can evaporate or time. Put another way, potency of your solution can change depending on use, and that can have unexpected outcomes you likely wish to avoid. Mark a level line in your tube, and stir if it’s sat idle.

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Another question. In theory, with all things being equal in the Damascus etching process, rusting, boiling, carding, etc, would leaving barrels in the acid to long create just a solid blued barrel, or would it just eat away all the pattern? Conversely, would a quick dip merely be a waist of time? I realize this is in many ways an art form with many variables, but I’d like some clarity on this issue if it’s possible. Thank you,
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Leaving the barrels in the feric chloride etch too long will remove your blue and can cause pitting on the barrels as well. You are far better off to under etch than to over do it. You can always etch it again for a longer period of time.


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The ferric chloride solution will remove the oxidation, which is your brown or black color, from both the iron and the steel surfaces of your Damascus barrels. But the rust is a bit more tightly bound to the iron than the steel, so the steel portions lose color first. This is what creates the contrast we seek.

It doesn't take long at all for the ferric chloride solution to do this in the concentrations commonly recommended. The dips should be short, and you need to quickly rinse to avoid uneven etching. Experience will teach you how long, and I always advise beginners to pick up a set of junk barrels to experiment with.

Many people use a vertical PVC pipe container for their etching solution,, and this can cause problems if the concentration is on the high side. That's due to the fact that the end that goes in first is also the last to come out, so that end spends more time submerged in the ferric chloride solution. I prefer to use a weaker solution for more control, and a horizontal tank to keep things even. I store it in empty gallon jugs when I'm done, so it gets mixed the next time it is poured into my etching tank.


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