[Sca-cooks] Cleaning metal

Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps dephelps at embarqmail.com
Wed Sep 17 10:19:31 PDT 2008

Thanks, St Phlip! This sounds an interesting idea, and would be easy enough 
to test out on a small scale, without filling up a spare trash can with a 
sugar water solution and making a paradise for our mosquitoes. The 
electrochemistry method still sounds neat, maybe when the little rugrats are 
a little older I can try that one too.

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
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To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like 
administering medicine to the dead.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Saint Phlip" <phlip at 99main.com>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:33 AM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Cleaning metal

> After the discussion we had here recently about cleaning up cast iron
> and other steel objects, some of my mundane smithing friends started
> discussing another technique which should work well for those of you
> nervous about playing with the electrolysis method (battery charger)
> and who aren't in a hurry.
> Basicly, you take a bucket, and you fill it with 1 molasses to 10
> water, and let the metal soak in that for a couple of weeks.
> Apparently, it cleans the metal up well, and at the end of the time,
> all you need is some minor scrubbing to finish it up.
> Now, I've never used this method, so I can't swear to it from personal
> experience, but several of the guys I respect most on that particular
> List swore by it. I figure it's certainly work a try, and will likely
> be trying it on a project of mine in the next month or so.
> -- 
> Saint Phlip
> Heat it up
> Hit it hard
> Repent as necessary.
> Priorities:
> It's the smith who makes the tools, not the tools which make the smith.
> .I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary
> notices I have read with pleasure. -Clarence Darrow
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