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Hi, I just acquired a nice violin which I'd like to work on revarnishing. Gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/antiqueviolins_uk/sets/72157635944116984/ It looks like the varnish has been burned and is quite cracked and melted in parts. I've removed some of the varnish on the back and the wood doesn't seem to have any damage to it. I'm wondering if anyone knows what kind of varnish was on the original from these photos? It looks quit red and is black in some areas where it has been heavily damaged. I'd like to try and create an old feel to the violin close to the feel of the most undamaged parts in the middle. I'd also like to know where is Europe would be best to buy old looking oil violin varnish, Would this be a good place to start? http://www.oldwood1700.com/ Thanks for any advice
Hi guys! So, I'm doing a retouch on an old trade violin that has spirit varnish. I know that it's somewhat futile to discuss colors without actually showing an example (I'll be approved for pictures soon!), but I'm looking for a varnish that's deep cherry red... much more red than brown. I've thought of making my own 1704 varnish and adding dragon's blood.... but then I saw that one could also use henna, or cochineal, or madder root.... or I could just buy red pre-made varnish from Kremer pigments, and maybe some brown in case I need to adjust the color. So basically, now I'm overwhelmed with choices. Does anyone, from experience, have some endorsements for a nice deep but vibrant red? Anyone know what would typically be used to color a cheap varnish red.... so maybe I can use the same thing or something close to the original? Also.... how much variance is there in the types of reds the common red colorants yield? This is where some first hand experience or advice from those with lots of experience would come in handy! Thank you much for any thoughts you all may have!!!! -Sarah