Ebonised catapult

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by jurassicbark2000, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. jurassicbark2000

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    Finally finished my latest catapult not sure what wood it was , found a tree by the river with red bark and it is the only one like it that i have seen . So being the conservational type that i am loped off a promising branch. And the result i am very pleased with , i used tanning and iron acetate and brown ink to achieve the finished look no wax or varnish so far, burnished and polished she looks to be my best effort to date i hope the pictures show it to its best advantage you can see diffrent colour browns through the darker exterior coat , i think this catapult will improve with age cheers all Martin
     
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  2. jurassicbark2000

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    Here are some pics ImageUploadedBySlingshot Forum1391771000.262677.jpg ImageUploadedBySlingshot Forum1391771018.726295.jpg ImageUploadedBySlingshot Forum1391771036.441726.jpg ImageUploadedBySlingshot Forum1391771054.895653.jpg


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  3. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    Very cool, how exactly did you do the finish?
     
  4. JohnKrakatoa

    JohnKrakatoa Loudest boom on Earth

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    very nice. yeah write a small how to PLSTHX xD
     
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  6. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    Nice colour and the shape is really good too. :)

    Ive read somewhere on here that you can get a ebonise by soaking steel wool in vinegar then polishing the slingshot with it. It that similar to your technique?
     
  7. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Very nice fork - I like the shape, it looks like it would be very comfortable to shoot. Nice job on the ebonizing as well, that made for a really great finish on this piece.
     
  8. jurassicbark2000

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    Ok after sanding applied some coats of tanning . I put 4 tea bags in half a cup of boiling water left to cool voila thats your tanning . After i applied Iron acetate at the moment it is 3 days old . to make it simply dump some steel wire wool in some vinegar ,wash out any products that maybe in it first . I also added some nails . Apparantly the longer you leave it the stronger the solution. I checked mine on some wood and it seemed good after 3 days . I also rubbed it down between coats with wire wool ,then i gave it a coat of brown ink to tone it down some and rubbed it down with kitchen towel to remove any excess until i thought it looked right , i have now added 4 coats of wax clear shoe polish pics below . to achieve the black look the iron acetate reacts with the tanning from the tea and turns black if tanning is present in the wood already you will not need the tea solution experiment and see what works for you . Cheers Martin
     
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  11. Snader76

    Snader76 Dysfunctional Member

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    Looks good, nice shape.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Every time I'm here I learn something new.
     
  12. Brazilviking

    Brazilviking Thread Hijacker

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    The shooter itself is nice...but the finish is DAMN COOL!!!
     
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    Great job, love the shape and the color.