Re: Finishing Touch

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Posted by Chris Ray on January 05, 1999 at 21:46:35:

In Reply to: Finishing Touch posted by Mike Showell on January 05, 1999 at 21:10:44:

Mike, I don't think there is too much written about the subject specifically for art metalwork. However do check out the forging forum There are a number of items listed that relate to finishes for mild steel.

You're not clear about just what kind of finish work you're looking for since it can range from grinding/sanding to applying oil & wax or paints etc. Aluminum has fewer options, you leave the material as is or have it anodized. It can be painted as well. Outside of that it's not too interesting. Steel on the other hand has more possibilities.

Rephrase your question again....are you referring to the physical treatment of steel such as hammer work, grinding, wirebrushing or do you mean the application of a finish like sealers and the like?

If there is a book on the market that deals with the subject in a comprehensive way, then maybe someone else can give us the title here.

Chris Ray


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