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Postby Dixie » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:12 pm

Does anyone know where I can get some, or even how to make it?
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Postby Mark P. » Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:42 pm

I posted the following recipes for the Lacewars C18th forum ( http://lacewars.freeforums.org/index.php ) a while ago, all you need to do is figure out what some of the ingredients are meant to be and find out where to buy them.


Receipt for making black balls

Ibs.
10 ½ of bees wax,
9 ivory black,
3 soft soap,
3 yellow do.
25 ½

This makes 30 balls, 13 ounces each; each ball worth one Shilling.

This method to make the above is as follows: cut the bees wax small, and melt it in an earthen or Iron pot. When you see the wax melted, put in the soft soap, then the hard, which must be cut small. Keep stirring it continually all the time it boils, till the whole is thoroughly melted and mixed; then take it off the fire while it is boiling, and pour in gradually the ivory black, and stir it till the whole is incorporated. When done, empty it on a table or board, and when cold enough to handle, work it well in the hands before you form it into balls. Let them stand two or three days before they are used.


A Receipt to make Black Balls for Boots.

Take six ounces of bees wax, two ounces of virgins-wax, one ounce of hard tallow, and one barrel of lamp black, well mixed and boiled together in an earthen pot glazed; when you take it of the fire, take one ounce of plum gum beaten very small, which pour in gradually, stirring it continually till it is quite cold and incorporated; then preserve it for use.

It is not sufficient, that the outside flaps of the pouches and the scabbards should always be well blackened; it must also be insisted on, that they shine, equal to japan or varnish, which can easily be done, by placing a piece of soft, brown paper on them, and with a hot iron held at a small distance, drawing the grease from one to the other; that being effectually removed, ivory blacking and beeswax must be thinly spread over them, and rubbed on with a smooth stick or bottle, until they are brought to the highest polish.

Recipes and instructions taken from Bennett Cuthbertson, A System for the Compleat Interior Management and Oeconomy of a Battalion of Infantry, Dublin 1768. As found in British Military Uniforms 1768-96 by Hew Strachen London 1975 SBN 85368 349 2.


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Postby wurzul » Fri Oct 10, 2008 5:16 pm

Lampblack, tallow, beeswax. Same method as above. Goodluck collecting enough lampblack!



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Postby Mark P. » Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:05 pm

Maybe this would do the trick, any thoughts?

http://naturalpigments.com/detail.asp?P ... ID=480-50S


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Postby The Iron Dwarf » Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:30 pm

I have a quantity of mill scale, the oxide layer on the surface of steel which when I form metal in my press flakes off forming a black powder / flakes if it is usefull to anyone


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Postby Havercake Lad » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:47 pm

You could always contact the 33rd Foot , who make their own and also supply groups like the 68th and 2/95th.
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Postby Attilla the Bun » Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:46 am

You can still buy the powder pigment Ivory Black. It used to be made from burnt ivory, now I think it's bone, for obvious reasons.


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