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  1. Thank you. Would you happen to know which volume or edition is the most relevant to peg making?
  2. Hello folks, I have tried the search function for this, but I couldn't find any good threads on it. I wonder if there are any good books out there, that detail how to turn ones own pegs. I would like to learn to do this, but have very little woodturning experience. Are there any specialist articles/chapters in violin making books, etc. detailing this process? All the best.
  3. Thank you! Yes, I hope to use high quality, acid free laid paper. Does anybody else have any other sources of sizes of original labels?
  4. Hi Folks, I am about to get some labels made for my instruments. I am basing the style on the classic Cremonese labels of Strad, Amati, et al. However, one thing I cannot seem to find anywhere is any sort of measurements for any of these original labels. Does anybody know what size the labels were in any of the classic makers' instruments? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
  5. Hey all. this is a question to all of you out there who add Calcium Oxide, or Hydroxide to your varnishes on cooking. I am wondering what the actual reason for doing this is: what qualities does the Lime add to the varnish? i have made a great varnish cooking lime in with Greek pitch, but was never actually sure what benefits/drawbacks adding the Lime actually had. I have also heard of people cooking it in with their Linseed oil prior to amalgamating with the GP. Why add the lime to one and not the other, etc? Let the can of worms be opened!
  6. I too wonder if there is any adhesion issues, if not, it could be the solution. I have read of somebody using Liquin as a medium alongside the Oil paint glaze. I wonder if anybody here has tried this between coats of oil varnish...
  7. This sounds a very promising idea. I wonder if it is OK to have a thin layer of Shellac sandwiched inside an Oil Varnish finish?
  8. Hello all, I am currently experimenting with colouring my home-made varnishes, and I am interested in trying to apply a Glaze of transparent colour inbetween layers of varnish. I have just a few questions, if any of you out there that do this could help me with. (Note, I have already searched for previous topics on this, and could not find answers to these questions...) Firstly, I would like to apply a thin glaze of (for example) W&N Rose Madder, from the tube over my clear varnish. I wonder if it is possible to apply it directly from the tube, and to rub it on evenly with fingers (perhaps slightly thinned with turps or gamsol if too thick to get it even), or if it needs some sort of drying agent to be added? (I have tried adding it directly to the oil varnish, but find it too dilute. Hence wanting a pure glaze) My main concern, is getting the evenly applied oil paint glaze to dry properly over a coat of (already dried under UV) oil varnish, and then to be able to varnish over it - without this over varnish re-dissolving the glaze. Obviously I am practising on test strips, but would really like to hear tips or advice from others that do this. Thank you
  9. Having done some research into the topic, I would like to try to make some of this varnish. I would be very interested to hear from anybody who makes/has made this varnish. i found a great thread with postings by Mr Ertz (RIP) with general ideas as to cooking the varnish and tips. However, I have not been able to find a list of definitive proportions of each ingredient, or any detailed information on the cooking process. i would be very grateful if anybody would be kind enough to share this information. Thanks
  10. Hello all i am about to begin to embark on the long road of varnish making. i am going to try the Fulton varnish to begin with. one question I have for you maestronetters, is what type of pan have you found to be the best for cooking varnishes? Obviously an iron pan could colour the varnish... Fulton reccomends an enamel pan, but the enamel could melt at high temperatures....so any tips or advice? thanks
  11. To be clear; it is only the spiralbound 'Formulation manual‘ I am looking for. I have the book. In lieu of buying an original, I would be extremely grateful if anybody would be kind enough to scan or photocopy it for me.
  12. Thank you, but that is all in the main book
  13. Dear all, I managed to find a copy of William Fultons' book 'Turpentine violin varnish'. However, this used copy did not include the companion, spiral bound 'Formulation manual' that came with it. If anyone has this additional manual, I would imagine you would want to keep it with the book. But would anybody be kind enough to scan it for me, so I can print it, so I have it with my book? I would also happily pay for a photocopy.... Any help would be wonderful Thanks
  14. Sadly I was not quick enough to buy Michael Molnars copy. I am still looking for one, incase anybody has one for sale.
  15. I would be incredibly grateful if you happen to have one for sale.
  16. Dear all, i am planning on taking my first steps along the path of making my own varnish. i wonder if anybody could recommend any good books on the topic that include potential recipes. I would love the Fulton book, but am unable to find a new, or indeed used copy!
  17. Hello all, I am trying to find a copy of William Fulton's 'Turpentine Violin Varnish' book. Would anybody happen to know where I may find a copy (used or new), or even have a contact for Mr Fulton himself, incase he has any spare copies for sale? I have already seen his articles on varnish online, but I would really like to read the book in full. While we're on this subject, does anybody have any good recommendations of books, about how to make one's own varnish? Thank you.
  18. Another thing to mention is, I seem to be getting some very slight, tiny 'pinholes' in the surface of the varnish on my Sycamore. I am only 2 coats into the main varnish... I wonder if there is a way of avoiding this? Maybe rubbing down better between coats..?
  19. the 'Clear' Varnish.. http://violinvarnish.com/product/clear-varnishes/
  20. Hey folks, I am currently using Joe Robson's varnish for the first time. I am very pleased with the results so far. The ground system has gone on well, and today I applied the first coat of Oil varnish (the 'clear' type) with fingers..It went on nice and evenly. Currently drying under UV lights.. Do any users of this thin it for later coats, so it is brushable? Or would one have to still apply with fingers, even if it is thinned with turps? Also, do any of you sand between coats/rub it down with anything...I am reluctant to do so, as I want the colour to be even...but would appreciate any tips... Thank you
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  22. Hello all, thanks for your responses. Very helpful. I wonder, if I apply for the license, if this would be a good Everclear alternative? https://www.bonnymans.co.uk/products/product.php?categoryID=1422&productID=6289 Has anybody tried Spirytus with Joe Robsons varnish, and did it work well? Thank you again
  23. Hey all, I am a long time lurker, and first time poster. I recently started using oil varnish systems for the instruments I build. However, I have not been able to get hold of Everclear here in the UK to mix my varnishes with. Could anybody reccomend a good alternative, that is actually available over here? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks