Let's change the slate

slate
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So in keeping up with my current slate project, decided to play around with surface prep. There have been discussions of Mineral Oil and Shellac. So I was working on some slate signs for our seasonal parts at the farm where we keep our horse and have the goats. It’s a fairly fancy party so the owner was interested in our slate. So first I did it with mineral oil thinking that might be better than the raw slate, and that started off nice, but actually faded overnight?? so i tried shellac (spray shellac to be precise), the raw slate is from my first slate project:


Pretty sure in the future I am always going to use shellac…

Oh and of course these are the same settings (from this post)

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#2

Did you let the mineral oil dry before engraving?

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#3

Shellac before or after?

I ordered some of those after your last post. They’ve of course gone on the huge pile of materials I have no current use for, but you never know when you’ll suddenly need name plates for a horse party.

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#4

Oh, yeah…the shellac makes it! :sunglasses::+1:

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#5

May I ask you what font you used for “Rachel?” I like it a lot…

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#6

Magnolia Sky

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#7

Thanks!!!

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#8

https://www.dafont.com/magnolia-sky.font

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#9

If a a great font. Watch, you’ll see it everyday now.

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#10

Horse party. I got the biggest giggle out of that. I haven’t tried slate yet but I did pick up some at the dollar store to try out.

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#11

…as opposed to a house party

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#12

And bonus - real shellac is just bug poop and booze, so it’s laser compatible! (“Shellac” is sometimes used as a generic term for varnishes, though, which may not be; check your ingredients).

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#13

A new tibit to bother my manicure loving friends to see their reactions :smirk:

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#14

I did, it’s real shellac from the lac beetle…

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#15

I did before.

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#16

Just like the cocktails I had last night!

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#17

FDA approved food safe bug poop and booze!

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=175.300

(Note that Titebond III is also FDA approved, though not for direct food contact like bug poop & booze).

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#18

Remember if you want to use the font for commercial use it is 39.00
http://www.stereo-type.fr/
It is in the read me file.

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#19

Any thoughts on whether the engraved slate is weather-resistant? Or will the markings fade with the first rainstorm? I was thinking of making some miniature headstones for our pet graveyard and thought some engraved slate might look nice.

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#20

Should be fine. I’ve had this one in front of my house for 6(ish) months now. Few rain storms, few snowstorms. Still looks good.

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