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Here’s a cochineal lake pigment I’ve been working on using the same extraction method as Neil Ertz’s madder espresso..

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And here it is mixed into a layer of varnish..

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The color is more in the orange spectrum in life.  The pigment looks very cool in powder form but warms up a bit when mixed with oil.  It does wonders mixed into a yellowy varnish like I have.  The resulting color looks very Lady Blunt!  

I’ll take some photos while mixing the next layer.

 

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I'll be damned if the powdered state doesn't look very much like my ZnCa alizarin rosinate. I was crestfallen, until I cooked it into oil and it went crimson. Cool stuff, and thanks for sharing!

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Powdered and ground into oil..

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I’m finding that the small amount of oil I’m adding is affecting the drying time so the plan is to use the cochineal oil mix when I make the next varnish batch.

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2 hours ago, DoorMouse said:

Powdered and ground into oil..

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I’m finding that the small amount of oil I’m adding is affecting the drying time so the plan is to use the cochineal oil mix when I make the next varnish batch.

Very lovely, and rather cool in tone as you mentioned. Whats your next move with the mulled pigment in oil? 

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On 4/26/2019 at 1:37 PM, JacksonMaberry said:

Very lovely, and rather cool in tone as you mentioned. Whats your next move with the mulled pigment in oil? 

I've been mixing it into the final 2 coats of varnish on the Strad model I'm finishing up.  Since I'm working with such thin coats, the varnish ratio gets thrown more to the fatty side which is fine (fat over lean) but my future plans are to mix in the cochineal when cooking the varnish to avoid this issue. 

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23 minutes ago, DoorMouse said:

I've been mixing it into the final 2 coats of varnish on the Strad model I'm finishing up.  Since I'm working with such thin coats, the varnish ratio gets thrown more to the fatty side which is fine (fat over lean) but my future plans are to mix in the cochineal when cooking the varnish to avoid this issue. 

Excellent, that's what I figured. I'm also planning a cochineal (and lac dye, separately) cook at some point and hope to share notes with you. I'm curious if you'll find the coolness give way to fire once it mixes with the hot oil and resin.

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I planted a group last fall from a nearby nursery and they were immediately eaten by the neighborhood rabbits (thanks to Jim Bress for the bite mark id).
So I'm happy to see that they've come back and appear to be spreading!   I was thinking of just maintaining an indoor pot incase the rabbits decide to dine on these.  I prefer to use equisetum when it's fresh and green. 

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My woad and madder garden is off to a good start. If I can start some new plants from seed maybe we can trade?

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On 5/6/2019 at 6:57 PM, DoorMouse said:

I planted a group last fall from a nearby nursery and they were immediately eaten by the neighborhood rabbits (thanks to Jim Bress for the bite mark id).
So I'm happy to see that they've come back and appear to be spreading!   I was thinking of just maintaining an indoor pot incase the rabbits decide to dine on these.  I prefer to use equisetum when it's fresh and green. 

I have heard that equisetum can really take over an area. Is this your experience?

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On 5/8/2019 at 10:29 AM, scordatura said:

I have heard that equisetum can really take over an area. Is this your experience?

It’s too soon to judge. I’ve only got a few sprouts so far. Honestly, it would be a welcomed invasion. I’ve got most of the rainwater in my yard channeled down a swale to the far corner where the equisetum is and I’m planning on planting a few more water loving plants along side.

I’m thinking of it as a micro-marshland.

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On 5/6/2019 at 7:59 PM, Jim Bress said:

My woad and madder garden is off to a good start. If I can start some new plants from seed maybe we can trade?

Sure Jim, I’ll let you know when it’s more established.  Once we get our maple and spruce plantations going we’ll have everything we need!

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A couple shots of my recent pg Strad model in natural light..

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I mentioned earlier that the plates are tuned on the low side of the accepted range but I’m really enjoying the sound.  It’s evenly loud across the strings and there’s a bit of ‘sparkle’ in the high end.

This is probably the first instrument I would consider worthy of selling if it weren’t for an antiquing mishap that I tried to patch.  I’ve realized that when you add pigments to layers of varnish it makes it impossible to patch it seamlessly. 

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48 minutes ago, DoorMouse said:

It’s too soon to judge. I’ve only got a few sprouts so far. Honestly, it would be a welcomed invasion. I’ve got most of the rainwater in my yard channeled down a swale to the far corner where the equisetum is and I’m planning on planting a few more water loving plants along side.

I’m thinking of it as a micro-marshland.

Tax credits are/were available in MD for rain gardens.  They get get lumped in with storm remediation ponds and reduce your impervious surface tax.  It varied by county if it's still going on, but every nickle counts right.

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Here I’m trying out a new technique for visualizing arching..

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i’m currently working on a DG model based on the 1731 Baltic.  I’ve had the opportunity to see it at the MET a few times and it’s such a stunning instrument. 

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This was my first attempt at a neck graft. It’s far from seamless but should give the overall effect I’m going for.  The head is plain hard maple and the neck is figured.

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I wonder if anyone has ever pinned a neck graft before? 

I've done two neck grafts now, and they're not nearly as intimidating as they seem I have found out. 

I learned to give the walls a slight hollow of a few thousandths to account for glue expansion. 

It also seems to help everything to suck together in the gluing, too. 

Your seam seems a little long. Isn't the seam supposed to end right in the middle of the E peg hole?

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Thanks for the advice Nick.  I'm looking forward to attempting the next graft.  It would be nice if there was a clear manual on the subject.  Is there?

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I was working on pre-wearing the corners/edgework today and adding an ebony crown to the heel.  The scroll is also getting some reworking to try and capture more of the slender/plain character.

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I finally got around to setting the neck on this one. I found it helpful to keep in mind the concept that it’s a very slight dovetail joint.  Paying attention to the angles of the opening seemed to help tighten things up a bit.  I’m pretty happy with how the crown heel turned out. 

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3 hours ago, DoorMouse said:

I finally got around to setting the neck on this one. I found it helpful to keep in mind the concept that it’s a very slight dovetail joint.  Paying attention to the angles of the opening seemed to help tighten things up a bit.  I’m pretty happy with how the crown heel turned out. 

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NOoo!!! It's not a dovetail!!  hahahah......JK!  It's TOTALLY a dovetail!

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