Making a Lanthorn
Horn plates and leaves should be stored at an even temperature lest they become speckled and mildewed.
- Take the lightest, translucent, hollow portion of an ox or steer horn (these being the thinnest)
- Soak this in water for a month
- Saw it, split it and press it into plates
- Take a short, edge bladed round nosed knive called a "lift" and use it to delaminate the layers (Purportedly up to 12 layers can be gotten from a thick horn).
- The Horn may be clarified by coating both sides with tallow, and pressing it between hot irons, thinning it further.
- The finished leaves are scraped with steel scrapers, buffed on a polishing wheel, then slightly moistened with vinager and a buffing compound, finally being polished by a buffing compound applied by the palm of the hand (Historically the horns were buffed with charcoal and water applied with part of an old beaver hat - the final polish being
given by wood ashes applied with the hand).
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