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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

Craftsman metal work: designed and made according to the same principles that rule the furniture,   pp. 162-164


Page 164

             CRAFTSMAN METAL WORK
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 polishing the surface by hand.
    Then the iron must be smoked over a forge
 or in a fireplace, care being taken to avoid
 heating it to any extent during this process,
 as the object is merely to smoke it thoroughly.
 It should then be allowed to cool naturally and
 the  surface  rubbed   well with a  soft   cloth
 dipped in oil.  Naturally, the more the iron
 is polished the brighter it will be, especially
 in  the bigher  parts  of an  uneven surface,
 which take on almost the look of dull silver.
 After this the piece must be well wiped off
 so that the oil is thoroughly removed, and the
 surface lacquered with a special iron lacquer.
    To give the copper the deep mellow brown-
 ish glow that brings it into such perfect har-
 mony with the fumed oak, the finished piece
 should be rubbed thoroughly with a soft cloth
 dipped in powdered pumice stone, and then
 left to age naturally.  If a darker tone is de-
 sired, it should be held over a fire or torch
 and heated until the right color appears.  Care
 should be taken that it is not heated too long,
 as copper under too great heat is apt to turn
 black. We use no lacquer on either copper or
 brass, age and exposure being the only agents
 required to produce beatity and variety of tone.
 All our brass work is made of the natural
 unfinished metal, which has a beautiful green-
 ish tone and a soft dull surface that harmo-
 nizes admirably with the natural wood.     Like
 copper, it darkens     and mellows  with    age.
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CHARACTERISTIC CRAFTSMAN HINGES, DOOR AND DRAWER PULLS, KNOCKERS AND COAT
HOOKS, ALL DESIGNED TO
HARMONIZE WITH CRAFTSMAN FURNITURE.
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