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post #1 of 6 Old 03-06-2013, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Walnut ink

My wife has a few old bottles of walnut ink that she made. I understand you can also make ink from other nut shells.

Has anyone ever used this as a stain? I have heard of using india ink but not other inks.
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I have made a stain from walnut husks cooked like tea in boiling water. It is great for aging wood. Some distributors sell a product called Van Dyke crystals that is very close to the walnut husk stain.
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With all the finishing products around that professional chemists have formulated and tested I wouldn't improvise stain. It might work but then in a couple of years it might fade away too.
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You may be right Steve, but this is not an unknown product. My thought was to use archival method to achieve a unique result. So the question wasn't really an attempt at impovising. It was more an attempt to find someone who is knowledgeable about older, natural or unique staining and/or finishing methods... Gotta start somewhere.

My wife is an artist and uses a ton of different pigments and mediums. She mixes her own oil paints from various pigments, uses egg for thin glazes, gesso, bole, gold leaf, rabbit skin glue, and a ton of other products. We have all this around the house, I am interested in possibly utilizing some of it to create somewhat different finishes.
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I did a little research and in the 18th century they used ferrous sulfate for stain to produce a silver gray or steel blue color. They used potassium dichromate to produce a rusty red color. They used potassium permanganate to make a warm brown color. I have used that. It's available in the pet department at walmart for fish tank treatment. They used a mixture of quicksilver, sulphur and ammonium chloride to stain wood blue.

Actually most oil stains are basically thinned down enamel paint. It's just a mixture of linseed oil with pigments suspended in it and thinned with mineral spirits.
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Had a man tell me his son made an old reproduction piece using authentic tools. He burned willow. then ran water over the ashes for about 2 weeks-said it turned out real well.
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