Rusticating a Meerschaum?

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  1. GlassSculptor

    GlassSculptor Active Member

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    I found a Meerschaum Cherrywood but it's smooth and I'm not allowed to have smooth pipes.

    Thoughts?


    Sincerely,
    Budda Fingers
  2. DGErwin11

    DGErwin11 Moderator Moderator

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    Yes I have thoughts. Well, one only. Send it to me if you can't have a smooth. It can be carved, but at great risk of being destroyed. Do not do it.
  3. dmkerr

    dmkerr Moderator Moderator

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    It's not something I'd try but then again I have trouble boiling water.

    But I have to ask - who disallows smooth pipes in your collection and why?
  4. Puff The Magic

    Puff The Magic Active Member

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    I've carved some designs (raised ones) off of a meer. Did it sort of halfarsed but I accomplished my goal! It's your pipe, burn it, carve it, toss it in the dishwasher even! ;)

    Ed
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  5. GlassSculptor

    GlassSculptor Active Member

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    Just kidding about the not being allowed part....I just like the feel of rusticated, blasted or carved pipes. I've narrowed my collection down to 6 pipes now and all of them are rusticated.

    I was wondering if anyone had textured any of their meers but didn't know if it would mean soaking it in water first to soften it and then rusticating it with a small dental pick or similar tool. Probably not wise to do on the pipe I'm looking at but I thought I'd ask just in case it was doable.

    I'm pretty good at sandblasting but I think it's kind of pointless on a Meerschaum.....:cfsd:

    *Puff, Luckily I don't own a dishwasher.
  6. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Send it to Dwaugh, he'll rusticate it for ya. :startl:
    ;)
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  7. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Bachelor?

    :csmile:
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  8. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Dwaugh will have the collie "rusticate" it for you,
    then it'll get cleaned in the dishwasher. Two for one!
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  9. dwaugh

    dwaugh Moderator Moderator

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    I could try the washing machine, it's still uncharted territory:D
    -David
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  10. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Rustication via the tumble dry cycle. I see! :th1:
  11. t-bear

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    It can be done. I did one, but was not happy with the result...my poor skills, not the pipe itself.
    Start by sanding the pipe. Make a rusticating tool by bunching some 6 0r 8 penny nails, heads removed, in a piece of 1/4" pipe...keep the tips even. I epoxied mine in the tube. Once thoroughly dry, you can twist and gouge with the tool until you get a decent look....takes a lot of trial and error, so don't start on a "good" pipe...voice of experience.....
    Once you have the look you want...if you're lucky!... wipe the whole thing down with a wet cloth. This will even out some of the rough edges and remove all dust and chips. Dry the pipe thoroughly, then dip wax it in bleached bees wax. Allow to cool, then remove the excess with a heat gun or the bride's hair dryer....warning....this blows wax all over the living room furniture and really pisses of the bride. Again, VOE.

    Have fun, but don't say you weren't warned....great looking pipe when it works, great way to trash a pipe when it doesn't.
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  12. Lestrade

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    Great post t-bear!
  13. MacNutz

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    I have a little terrier that can rusticate Anything not made of steel. :)
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  14. GlassSculptor

    GlassSculptor Active Member

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    Thanks for all the suggestions gents but I think I'll follow T-bears's method...:th1: . I'll look for some cheap meerschaums and have a go at them before attempting to mutilate a nice one.


    Yinyang, Like I said......I'm lucky....:hbang:
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  15. t-bear

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    Look forward to hearing how it goes. Just start out gentle...that tool moves a LOT of material....fast! Easy on the pressure too......
  16. CarlHerrnstein

    CarlHerrnstein New Member

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    Perhaps one could use checkering tools on it the layout work could be done with a pencil. However I done know how meerschaum would react to it.
  17. t-bear

    t-bear Active Member

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    Now I'm curious......might need to revisit this whole idea my-own self...................hmmmmmm.
  18. Puff The Magic

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    Easier to carve if it's wet-soaked.

    Ed
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