Jul 24, 2012, 06:00 PM
I put them through electrolysis first and then it's a matter of slow and methodical picking and tapping at the stubborn rust. I then boil them in hot wax. Here is a video of my electrolysis set up I use on all my iron.
Originally Posted by baylorhall
Jul 24, 2012, 06:04 PM
I was trying to do a little play on words with "catch up", but I figure most people just think I'm an idiot. Prolly not far off That's cool about the Shenkl date and your birthday, but I hope you aren't suggesting....
Originally Posted by TheInspector
Jul 24, 2012, 06:06 PM
That shell is fantastic, who would think that it would have cleaned up that nice.
Jul 24, 2012, 07:26 PM
How much longer before you open your museum to the public? I'd like to see it. And i'm not going to say GL, it might jinx you. oops i guess i did. Leaches? Holly snikes! I thought that was in africa. HH
Jul 24, 2012, 08:41 PM
How Dangerous are these at this point? Maybe you could share some tips of what to do, not do when finding a shell or canon ball??
Jul 24, 2012, 09:23 PM
your finds always amaze me
Jul 25, 2012, 04:49 PM
Most of the shells I have been finding are paper fused and thus filled with water and mud. However, it is always wise to have them professionally drilled and flushed of any remaining black powder that may be inside even if it is decomposed. If you find a shell, it will not explode if it dries out, is dropped or even stared at for a very long time. They are potentially dangerous only if put in a fire or drilled into by the inexperienced. Any type of shell that is WWI or later is a very different ballgame and must be handled with extreme caution until properly identified. Almost all of my shells are drilled and flushed by the time a picture is posted of them.
Originally Posted by gforce1972
Jul 25, 2012, 07:50 PM
Those are some great finds!!! I have an old buddy that used to water hunt and he got some of those leeches on him down at Stone's river, Tennessee. Although he got them off as soon as he discovered them on his legs and ankle, he soon developed blood poising and was in the hospital for over a week. Be careful. Tennessee digger
Jul 26, 2012, 06:15 AM
That's what I want to know. Are these live shells? Wet gunpowder isn't something I would want to play with - but I digress, those are AWESOME shells!
Originally Posted by gforce1972
Jul 26, 2012, 06:29 AM
I always worry about them because of that very reason. I guess it's somewhat common to get infections by them. Yikes!
Originally Posted by tennessee digger
Jul 26, 2012, 06:30 AM
Thanks! I answered that question in a post just a little above...
Originally Posted by crazyfish
Jul 26, 2012, 07:47 AM
Pardon my ignorance!
Originally Posted by aquachigger
I'm a Marylander myself and I remember as a kid going to my mothers boyfriends old farmhouse in WVA, finding Civil war bullets lying in plain site. Still have them to this day, and If I could track down her ex-boyfriend (this was 25 years ago) I'm sure he'd let me hunt his land (he was the coolest guy in the world).
I'm in Montgomery County, but grew up going to old parts of MD, and I'm fascinated with what you recover! The relics amaze me!
Jul 26, 2012, 07:52 AM
Sweet finds. Is that shell explosive? If so how did you disarm it?
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Jul 26, 2012, 07:31 PM
A little tip on electrolysis,if you must put the brass in the water with the iron to clean the whole shell, you can wrap the brass parts with black tape it will keep the patina safe. I have even used hot glue to protect the patina, it comes off smooth surfaces well. But the idea is to keep that beautiful dug patina, so if you stop the current from touching the brass it will come out just as it was dug.
For lead sabots I've used plastic wrap with tape.
Not to say it's better, I'm just saying that's the way I do it, just personal preference.
Hope you don't mind me saying this on your post Aquachigger.
Jul 26, 2012, 08:01 PM
I caught the "ketchup" pun....good one! Awesome finds. I don't relic hunt per se, but I wouldn't be opposed to finding the same types of interesting things you do. Oh, btw, just love the cover (no leeches inside I trust)!
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You can bet he never used a metal detector!!!
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