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THE FINISHING TOUCH. : Page 142


Orange from Quercitron.—The dyeing properties of quercitron are very like those of fustic, but with a mordant of stannous chloride its yellows are more orange than the fustic colors. Mordant the rattan with a solution of stannous chloride;

and if the extract of quercitron is to be used, dilute it with boiling water and dye.

Scarlet from Cochineal.—Mordant the rattan with six parts of stannous chloride (crystals) to four parts of cream of tartar. Dye with cochineal (which has been boiled and strained) until the desired color is obtained.

The use of wood stains on rattan seems appropriate, for what is rattan but wood,? Beautiful shades of green are obtained by adding a few drops of malachite green or green oak stain to different combinations of turpentine and linseed oil, or turpentine and varnish. These are so satisfactory that they take the place of green dyes which are more uncertain and more difficult to use on the rattan. People who like the natural color of rattan, but do not care for the dry, unfinished look of its surface will find either of the two following receipts useful. The polish, while not very shiny, acts like a varnish and strengthens and stiffens the rattan, making it slightly darker and yellower in tone. It is often used as a finish for scrap baskets, particularly those made of braided rush and rattan.

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