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THE FINISHING TOUCH. : Page 146


Orange Stain.—There is a curious coloring matter, known as Dragon's Blood, which is imported from China and is used by violin makers to color their fine varnishes. It may be bought at any drug store, in sticks, and when ground in alcohol it yields a beautiful orange red. This makes an excellent stain with which to color separate weavers of rattan and raffia, braided or loose, to be used in weaving bands of color on the plain rattan baskets.

Dull Terra Cotta Stain.—To five parts of Light Oil Finish and twenty-one parts of turpentine a

few drops of cherry stain are added, until a deep enough shade is obtained. This makes a color very like the terra cotta in Indian baskets, and in combination with black is very effective on baskets of natural colored rattan.

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