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    Okay thanks for tips. I assume that part of the reason for these scales warping is that "memory". The bonds and alignments within the material pulling and pushing to equalize pressures and voids. It seems likely that scales flattened upon creation are the ones that do this, but we see that some never do this, so perhaps some were not flattened but were simply cut from horn.. though maybe this is an over simplification.
    Anyway I'll go ahead and jig it. Hot oil, that could be a better way, as it is possible hot water or steam dries out horn..
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    Here's the before n after the horn soaked almost 2 weeks.
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    I'm very impressed by the results.
    Not much streaking on one side, but the other is awsome.
    Thank you for the tips gentlemen.

    Mike

    Ps. How's yours coming Tom.
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    Letting it sit and the oil soak in, Brother. Super busy at work, but I did notice today that it seems to be soaking it in and drying nicely. I use a q-tip smashed with a hammer to slather the scales inside and out, esp as I had already pinned the bottom. It takes a small amount of oil and seems as good as soaking. I walk by, rub them with a finger, and flip them over on occasion.
    I even reapply what has run off onto the table on occasion with my index finger. Looking good, though.
    Perhaps I may pin the top tomorrow, time permitting.
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    They came up with a great lustre Mike! I would have thought they might start to soften after 2 weeks but they look great.
    Yea Tom, update time..
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    Oh yeah, that's quite a transformation! Did you sand them before or is that just the oil?
    Makes me wonder if I should have given mine 2 weeks..

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    I lightly sanded with 600 grt W/D paper then with a fine scotch pad.
    Then buff with dremmel and plastic scratch remover then plastic polish.
    Figured why not, it doesn't leave a residue, and seemed to work quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outback View Post
    I lightly sanded with 600 grt W/D paper then with a fine scotch pad.
    Then buff with dremmel and plastic scratch remover then plastic polish.
    Figured why not, it doesn't leave a residue, and seemed to work quite well.
    After they soaked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajkenne View Post
    I am getting a pin vice just like this. What a great way to shine up bullseye and domed collars! Thanks
    Since you are the source of these fine collars used by myself and Mike, I am happy to have shared a tip, Austin. The things are stiff enough to polish good without fear, yet are light and stamped. The undercollars are sized perfectly. Best repops I have come across as yet. Kudos!
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    So someone should show some projects here? In progress?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    Since you are the source of these fine collars used by myself and Mike, I am happy to have shared a tip, Austin. The things are stiff enough to polish good without fear, yet are light and stamped. The undercollars are sized perfectly. Best repops I have come across as yet. Kudos!
    I didn't realize that AJ our source. Hey yea, props on the washers! Still haven't used the honey horn slabs I got off you. Saving them for some special 'to do's'.

    Been way laid working on the truck and such last couple days in anticipation of next weeks travels so no real progress over here on my shave stuff.
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