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Gustav Stickley (ed.) / The craftsman
Vol. XIV, Number 4 (July 1908)

Bungalow furnishings of wood and metal that can be made at home,   pp. 442-446 PDF (1.6 MB)

Page 446

                             the surface down well with emery cloth.
COMBINATION IRON CANDELABRUM. the dull, soft surface and silvery high
                              lights that make it unique.
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pan should be treated
in the same way.
  If a forge is not
at hand, these pieces
might be constructed
without widening the
feet, as this requires
the iron to be "but-
ted," which cannot be
done without heating
to a white heat. As
the widening is mere-
ly a decorative fea-
ture, it is not abso-
lutely necessary that
it should be done, al-
though it gives inter-
est and strength to
the whole design.
Both pieces should be
finished by rubbing
Norway iron is usually used for pieces
of this kind and should be without rust
or particles of scale. If there should be
any scale, it can be removed by tapping
with a hammer and then rubbing down
well with emery cloth.
  After finishing the construction, the
whole piece should be smoked over a
forge or fireplace. Soft coal is best for
this purpose, as the smoke from soft
coal settles quicker and adheres more
firmly than that from hard coal. After
the piece has been smoked and cooled,
it is rubbed down with emery dust and
oil, a treatment which polishes the high
places of the surface and leaves the low
places dark. Oil should always be used
instead of water, as the latter will cause
the iron to rust, while oil preserves the
finish. This method gives to iron the
famous "armor bright" finish, which
was used centuries ago by the English
armorers, and which today gives to
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