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    Default Soviet Red Orange Iodine Look

    Gentlemen,


    I need your assistance. I'm trying to reproduce the Soviet laminate orange, red, iodine look, using shellac and dyes. I have a general idea as to which dye colors to use, but I'm not certain when it comes to the shellac. I'm debating between Ruby Red, Garnet and Orange shellac. I make my own shellac using flakes and then add the dyes.

    I know that there is no set standard when it comes to Cold War Soviet shellac on laminate. The "orange" laminate furniture I've seen ranges from bright orange (w/ a bit a brown), to burnt orange to more of an iodine color.

    1. Which shellac flakes should I use?
    2. What color dyes should I mix into the shellac?

    Any tips and/or suggestions are much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Here are some examples of the orange look I'd like to replicate. They come from Tantal's website.











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    A couple of different guys recommend about 4 coats of iodine rubbed into the wood and then either tung oil or shellac as a top coat. I'm gonna try it this weekend and then post pics.

    Thanks!



    Here's another variant of the Iodine Orange.






    While I'm waiting on the Thai Seedlac, I decided come mix Transtint "Reddish Brown" into Garnet shellac and this is what I got. The photo quality (glare) is bad.








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    youv got some beautiful............... wood.

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    Thank you. I love trying to match of original laminate colors.

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    looks good

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    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Ok, here's a set of AK-74 handguards that I just finished in my take on the Soviet Iodine look.













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    Those came out nice

    Is the upper lighter on one side, or is it just the lighting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coils View Post
    Those came out nice

    Is the upper lighter on one side, or is it just the lighting?

    Thanks! The lighting leaves much to be desired, and makes some parts appear lighter than they are. I need to work on my lighting/photography skills.

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    I know what you mean, I'm just a point and shoot photographer and hope for the best , maybe you can talk BlueJack into helping you with that.

    I still think it looks great.
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