Hi All in Orchidland;
I have a couple of great resources to share with you. First off, I
read of a method of removing rust from tools and iron & steel
articles using baking soda or washing soda (either one works,
washing soda's better I think), a bucket of water, a piece of
stainless steel and a battery charger. Here's a URL that describes
and also on that subject:
Credit for this find goes to Brian Gilbert, a blacksmith writing in
ABANA's "Hammer's Blow" newsletter for the Spring, 2001 issue.
Here's another great find. I get a catalog from these people, the
Chester Book Co., that is chocked full of books on craft, including
a LOT of great books on metalsmithing and jewelry (59 in all!).
Included are a bunch of our favorites by Charles Lewton-Brain, Oppi
Untrach, Alan Revere, all the great authors who's names we bandy
Here's a URL;
Hope you find these tips useful.
David L. Huffman