I did read your LJ articles with great interest. I inherited some
black coral, apparently collected by a relative in the Philippines
during WWII. I’ve only made one project, and that was back in 1980
when I was a senior in high school! This was a pretty elaborate
project, back when sterling was $35 an oz.!
The material I have is three relatively straight branches, about 12"
long and 1/4" in diameter. I used segments about 1.5" long which were
polished and swung on pendulums on the bottom of a rectangular
What I noted with great interest, and wonder if you see the same in
FL black coral, is that after abrading the skin and polishing (with
ZAM or rouge), I found orange “flakes” that seem almost reflective and
metallic. The surrounding material polished beautifully, looking like
onyx, ebony, or possibly black lacquer.
Does this strike you as unique to the coral I have? Anyone else have
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