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Old 05-03-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: "Out there" in Alaska.
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Question cleaning, caring for baleen

Wondering if there's a specific method of maintaining baleen? Have a couple of pieces approx 12 feet long that, if they were wood, might benefit from a coat of oil or such to bring out the sheen and richness. Baleen seems to get drier and more brittle, so wonder if anyone knows about this?
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Old 05-04-2008, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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Wondering if there's a specific method of maintaining baleen? Have a couple of pieces approx 12 feet long that, if they were wood, might benefit from a coat of oil or such to bring out the sheen and richness. Baleen seems to get drier and more brittle, so wonder if anyone knows about this?
Baleen takes a lot of work initially to clean it up and polish it. But after, nothing really needs to be done to maintain it. Hang it on the wall, stand it in the corner, whatever. It'll last apparently for pretty near forever.
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Old 05-04-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Currently living @ the Top of the World in Barrow Alaska
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Baleen, is something we work with every day.. there are lots of tricks to use

putting that piece in the water will help in cleaning it all off.. I do not know what shape your piece is in.. if it has been sanded or not. Sanding is essential, using several grits.. you can achieve a super high shine on it, like a mirror.. Once it is all polished up.. you can soak it or rub it with mineral oil or baby oil.. this will put moisture back into the piece.. as it gets old and looses the moistrue it can crack or chip or peel.

We do the same with Ivory also, soaking the pieces in baby oil or mineral oil or using vaseline to prevent the moisture from drying out or evaporating.

you can draw (scrimshaw) using a needle or nail, some use white ink over their drawing and sand it out until just the fine white lines remain.

the best 'compound' to use for a super high mirror like finish is 'blue magic'

We purchase that from Shore-International dot com (http://www.shorinternational.com/PolishCompounds.htm - broken link) We have tried every compound they make. for Ivory & Baleen .. .. nothing can surpass Blue magic !!

for the 'hair' shampoo it just using your hands to get all of those hairs clean(er)
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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I have a piece of baleen that got scratched during a move and I would like to restore it myself. How many different types of sandpaper grit do you go through to get it smooth enough? Is there a local source to buy Blue Magic?
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Any pictures of what the "finished" baleen looks like? I'm intrigued.
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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http://www.crazywolfstudio.com/baleen.jpg

Crazywolf Studio
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:19 AM
 
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Default Cleaning baleen

I have a piece of baleen that is quite dusty from being in storage. It sounds like I can just use soap and water to clean it and then use baby oil on it?
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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Default how to repair baleen?

I have a 10 foot long piece of baleen that was cracked by the airline when moving. Any suggestions for how to repair the crack? The crack is on the wide end... Thanks for any help. Epoxy didn't work.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Barrow Alaska
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw

Necro them posts !!!
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I have a 10 foot long piece of baleen that was cracked by the airline when moving. Any suggestions for how to repair the crack? The crack is on the wide end... Thanks for any help. Epoxy didn't work.
Superglue it together and hang it on the wall.
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