The goats' slate


Ah, I see. I wasn’t trying to get your goat.

In any case, it looks like a faun slate project. Completely unforegoatable.



I’ve never had it (or poison sumac, or poison oak: think they all share the same chemical reaction, urishiol) and I’m pretty sure that I should have had it at some point, considering my childhood and adult experiences of being in the outdoors.

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Or vehicle interiors (don’t leave the door open). Or wiring insulation. Or… < insert about anything except slate here >

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The really rough case is fortunately very freeze sensitive but where it is found it is extremely treacherous with its very pretty generic shiny green leaves, many folk did it up to plant in their gardens before discovering it is reported to be a thousand times as potent as Poison Ivy. The clear sap quickly dries to black and that is the only certain distinguishing feature aside from the crazy skin reactions, and while the slightest damage reveals the black sap, very young plants may not show that yet.

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Me either, but I’m more careful since becoming a nurse and finding out that repeated exposure can actually MAKE you allergic. (Allergies work backwards from immunity, unfortunately.) As a teen I used to make bouquets of poison ivy to tease my friends who were allergic. My mom, on the other hand, breaks out if she’s near smoke from a fire with poison ivy in it.



Yes indeed. When I was young I didn’t react to poison oak at all, but after a few summers of running around in it I developed the typical reaction.

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Was used as the first chemical warfare. would not be good to be the recipient.



I’m no doctor, so take this with a grain of salt… but I thought allergies worked the same direction as immunity, just hyper fast and out of control?



I guess it’s all in how you look at it. Immunities get stronger with each exposure. So do allergies. So in that sense, they work the same; it’s the effect on the individual that’s different. The stronger your immunity, the healthier you are; the stronger your allergy, the sicker you are. So in that sense, it’s backwards. :wink:



Love their close-ups … and the slate looks fantastic!



You do great work. My goat, Buster, a dwarf says hello :slight_smile:



Would you share the settings for how you got the white so white? This is great. My slate engraves come out very greyish

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So same settings as other posts (not in beyond the manual, so wont post settings), but the key is a thin coating of outdoor grade spray shellac



I’m not aware of an “outdoor” grade shellac. The ones I know of are all indoor. Can you share the brand that you are using? Is it a true shellac?

The sign looks awesome and I’d love to be able to make something similar!



I use spray to get an even finish. On the can it mentions outdoor use (and yes, it is real Shellac):|G|Base|D24|Multi|NA|PLA|All_Paint_Smart|71700000048001153|58700004793621602|92700041080546008&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-tXlBRDWARIsAGYQAmftWSCzQKJaq5EMro16HjTXUFPBWqA9r_7WN5nsxWxNrZob8WZso38aAjd2EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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I will add this information from this shellac manufacturer:
"Many myths cloud the emergence and prominence of shellac after the appearance of nitro cellulose. One chief legend states shellac is not waterproof. Shellac, just as many other finishes, is not waterproof, however, it is quite water resistant. Shellac can easily withstand water for about 4 hours. Even if the surface is not wiped, the resulting faint white stain will still fade away as it dries. "






:boom: ? hmmm

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I wondered about that too… Certainly would take care of the surface! And you’d get a real bang out of its appearance!

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