Instant Patina

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  1. CSM1970

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    I am experimenting with black walnut hulls to make a wood stain. I cut up 4 walnut hulls with an old carbon steel knife and put them in a jar with hot water. In less than 5 minutes the area of the blade where the cutting took place was BLACK! Use viton gloves, it does the same thing to your skin.
     
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    Turkey will turn the steel blue. Red meats, grey.
     
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    Walnut hulls have a lot of tannic acid sounds like!
     
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    WAlnut hulls are used to make a very good leather dye and in a back issue of the backwoodsman mag there's an article that tells how to make it. The author also says that it will stain wood and also steel.
     
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    Black walnut is good stuff contains Juglone, Tannins and Iodine. I have used to dye cloth it also has a few medicinal uses as well. I have not used it on steel but have seen traps dyed with it. It makes a great natural dye great post and info fellas. Below is a haversack dyed with it.

    Black Walnut husk Dye a haversack
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    Dyed and Waxed
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