Update on ebonizing wood

This is an update to my post on Ebonizing Wood from a couple days ago.  In that post I mentioned I was having trouble getting a shine on the aluminum without knocking the ebonzing off.  I found the solution.  Patience.  I was not giving the ebonzing solution time to dry.

I made another pen and demonstrated the ebonizing to my pen turning club.  I could not get to the pen for a couple of days after the meeting.  When I did, I just sanded it lightly with some non-abrasive steel wool.  The aluminum shone nicely and I still kept the deep color of the ebonizing.

Ebonized maple with aluminum inlay
Ebonized maple with aluminum inlay

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