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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:34 am 
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(If this post would get more critique in the image gallery, please let me know, or could a moderator move it? )

The better looking of the two was my first pipe and currently my only. The ugly duckling in the picture was a second block that I had. I wanted to try a few things (expecting to ruin something) so I used that one for a tester. I made a nail tool similar to others that I had seen.

How do you go about finishing the textured area without getting it packed full of crud? How terrible does the texture that I have achieved look?
Please tear it apart! I love the rough look from a nail tool over the texture that rusticating with a small round bit gives you, and ultimately I would like to make a semi large rusticated poker, so I need some advice!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:58 am 
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I don't do any rustication, so this is based solely on what I've seen and my own aesthetic.
The flat spots/unrusticated/undisturbed surface area in between the nail strikes indicate to me that the pipe is not finished.
I have in mind a Castello that I owned years ago. the only flats were the areas where the imprint was masked.
Think of the rustication as the equivalent of a sandblast. It hits everything that is not specifically masked.
This is only my point of view, and I hope that the folks who do rustication chime in.
I like the other pipe, BTW
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:32 am 
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What The Good Doctor says is correct. You want to chew the briar up until you can't see any of the original surface. Then give it a good scrubbing with a wire brush to remove all the lose bits that are lodged in the crags. Stain it if you want, then add a few coats of thinned shellac. A quick search will yield many additional insights.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:07 am 
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Wire brushing is good or if you have the set up you can glass bead blast to clean it up.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:54 am 
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If you have a setup for a glass bead blast, you can also sandblast your pipe instead of rustication... :-)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:56 am 
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I use a small brass wheel on a dremel to clean up my rustication. Works well for me.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:57 am 
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Thanks guys. I get some more digging and it looks like one of the most popular mistakes is exactly what I did. Which was not going far enough!

Sandhal-your apples are awesome! I'm really into your style.

Mightysmurf - I have plenty of those, so I will have to try that out. Also, I really like the poker on your website gallery!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:06 pm 
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sandahlpipe wrote:
If you have a setup for a glass bead blast, you can also sandblast your pipe instead of rustication... :-)


Quite true. However sometimes the flaws can be ugly enough that blasting alone won't make them any less ugly whereas rustication will help.
Put some makeup on that pig. :D


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