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.
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