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The violin was posted once before.  Prior to leaving home it got one more application...the same varnish plus a touch of bone black and cochineal for a "veil".  The rib picture is the closest to the way the color looked to me the day I sent it off.

on we go,

Joe

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I am always curious to see "violin" colors in nature.  The color of a blood orange when you first cut it open is good.  Walking the dog this morning I noticed the copper beech are opening up.  Those first leaves against a clear sky are IT.

on we go,

Joe

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Brian,

Definitely the chestnut.  The Italian word "marrone"...I am instructed...does not mean brown.  It means "the color of the center of the chestnut".  It happens as the brown skin comes together at the seam where it is not quite purple, a little orange, and then the brown........

on we go,

Joe

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Such a rich hue throughout the instrument Joe.  Outstanding!

Which of your varnishes are you using for this outcome?

 

DGSR :)

 

Gerald,

Thank you.  The varnish is Greek Pitch Rose + Greek Pitch Brown over the Balsam Ground + Aged Wood Color Gold.

The "veil" top coat had a very small amount of Bone Black and Cohineal added.

Joe

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Gerald,

Thank you.  The varnish is Greek Pitch Rose + Greek Pitch Brown over the Balsam Ground + Aged Wood Color Gold.

The "veil" top coat had a very small amount of Bone Black and Cohineal added.

Joe

Beautiful stuff Joe...thanks!

I'm working my way through some home brew varnish at present but I'm pretty certain I know what I'll be investing in when I need to get more varnish.  There is just so much life in that instrument.  Really great stuff!

 

DGSR :)

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Joe,

 

Could you substitute the GP Rose with your  Alizarin Dark Rose Color Concentrate? Or, would this dangerously increase the oil content of the GP Brown?

 

Mike

 

Mike,

The substitution will work.  Using the Alizarin Dark Rose will give a stronger, but less complex color than the GP Rose.

The oil to resin ratios on all my varnishes are the same...so mix and match at will!

Joe

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I am always curious to see "violin" colors in nature.  

 

Joe, beautiful work, thanks for posting.

 

I found this in a wild island, the tree decomposing and gaining other lives in different manners according to it's positioning related to the elements.

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Joe, beautiful work, thanks for posting.

 

I found this in a wild island, the tree decomposing and gaining other lives in different manners according to it's positioning related to the elements.

Nice, thanks for the mini vacation

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I Like it, is the photo close to reality? maybe a little more golden tone wouldn't hurt (slightly more green/tint & less yellow in the ground ?)

 

Peter,

My photography skill are .. less than good.  The violin is "woody' gold under the varnish and it presents more as a brown than an orange color.  I'll try again with the photo........

Joe

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Always enjoy your posts Joe. Would love to be able to varnish an instrument like that.  I'm finishing up No# 5 and need little direction on varnishing it.  On the first 4 I used varnish from the supplier from Baltimore, not happy with any of them. Actually they were atrocious.  No# 5 turned out really well and sounds great so i want to put a really nice varnish on it.  I've been to your web site, but I'm a little indecisive as to what approach to take.  Any help would be appreciated. Hope the pictures help.  Thanks

 

 

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For those interested:

Our next "Practical & Aesthetic Violin Varnishing" workshop will be held in Concord, MA at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts from the 22nd of March through the 29th of March 2014.  The workshop will be conducted by Roman Barnas, Marilyn Wallin, Todd Goldenberg, and myself.  This is an"immersion" workshop focused on understanding the materials and techniques involved in violin varnishing through application.  If you are interested please PM me or email: order@violinvarnish.com.

We look forward to working with you.

on we go,

Joe

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